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FEMA's Gaynor: Using Defense Production Act for First Time

president donald trump looks on as fema administrator peter gaynor speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing
President Donald Trump looks on as FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:55 AM

FEMA will use the Defense Production Act for the first time on Tuesday to secure 60,000 coronavirus test kits, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor confirmed Tuesday. 

"There are some test kits we need to get our hands on," Gaynor told CNN's "New Day." "The second thing, we're going to insert language into these mask contracts we have for 500 million masks, (and) DPA is doing that today."

There is a careful balance involved, Gaynor said, to make sure "we can get it out to the market and that the federal government not consume it all," but as for the federal law, "we're going to use it, we're going to use it when we need it, and we're going to use it today."

Earlier on Tuesday, Gaynor told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" that there is a "delicate balance" to decide if it's time to use the law. 

"We ask every governor, if you can find it, buy it," Gaynor said. "We will use the Defense Production Act to remedy some of those things but, again, we want to understand the entire system before we do something that is counter to our effort."

The agency's top priority is to get supplies to where they are needed, particularly to the most critical places and especially New York City, said Gaynor. 

The agency is also trying to fight back against rumors where coronavirus and its efforts are concerned, said Gaynor, advising Americans to visit the government's coronavirus website.

One of those rumors, said Gaynor, is that FEMA doesn't have money on hand to procure supplies.

"We have the ability to buy immediately," said Gaynor. "I have one of the top logistics chiefs here from the joint staff, a two-star admiral. He knows how to get it done. He's got that authority to buy. We have money to do it and so that's what's happening."

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