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Gov. Hutchinson Laments 'Global Jungle' In Competition For Medical Equipment

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., in 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 05 April 2020 11:40 AM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., on Sunday called the competition for medical equipment to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in his state “a global jungle.”

In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Hutchinson, whose state has had eight COVID-19 deaths, said he wishes there could be a “better way.”

“It’s difficult, and we have had circumstances that we’re trying to collect our [personal protective equipment], our protective masks, and we’ve been outbid by another state after we had the order confirmed,” he said.

“It literally is a global jungle that we’re competing in now,” he said.

Hutchinson said his state is doing what it can to get ahead of the situation before the virus escalates in Arkansas.

“The federal government has made it clear they are the backstop and if we need more ventilators right now, they’re going to be going to the hot spots: New York and California,” he said. 

“But I’ve been assured that when we get to the point, if we need ventilators in Arkansas, they’re going to be there. We’re not waiting on that. We’re going out on the marketplace. We’re trying to buy ventilators. You know, whether it should or shouldn’t, that is where we are right now.”

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