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AP: States spent over $7B competing for early virus supplies

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 11:43:20-05

BY DAVID A. LIEB AND CAMILLE FASSETT, AP — An Associated Press analysis shows states spent more than $7 billion this spring buying personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns and vital medical devices such as ventilators.

The data obtained from states through open-records requests is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how much states were spending and whom they were paying during a chaotic period at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some states paid as much as $11 for individual N95 masks, which could have been bought for around 50 cents before the pandemic.