April 19 (UPI) — President Donald Trump mentioned he plans to drive a U.S. firm by means of the Protection Manufacturing Act to provide medical swabs used for coronavirus exams.

Trump introduced throughout a White Home information briefing Sunday night time that he’s making ready to make use of the Korean Conflict-era legislation to compel an unnamed firm to provide greater than 20 million swabs a month.

“We’re calling within the Protection Manufacturing Act and we’ll be getting swabs very simply,” Trump mentioned. “Swabs are simple, ventilators are arduous.”

Trump defined the legislation was getting used as his administration has had “slightly issue” making an attempt to get the corporate to make the swabs by means of negotiations.

The president has beforehand used the Protection Manufacturing Act amid the pandemic on firms, together with Normal Motors, to provide ventilators.

The announcement follows governors stating that they do not have sufficient swabs and different provides that stop COVID-19 exams from being performed.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer instructed NBC’s Meet The Press” that the state has the capability to preform double or triple the exams it’s now however they lack the provides.

“The reagents and the swabs are completely important,” she mentioned. “You may’t course of all these exams if you cannot take the pattern and defend it and transfer ahead by means of testing. And so whereas our capabilities are there, these necessary provides aren’t.”

Trump mentioned through the press convention that the administration continues to work with firms to obtain hundreds of thousands of swabs.

“We have ordered plenty of them, they’ve plenty of them,” he mentioned, including that states have been shipped swabs “however they do not know the place they’re.”

Earlier Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence introduced that the USA will probably be ramping up COVID-19 testing with the intention to facilitate plans to raise stay-at-homes orders and reopen the financial system.

Through the night press convention, Trump mentioned greater than 4.eight million Individuals have been examined for the coronavirus.

The USA leads the world in COVID-19 instances with greater than 750,000 confirmed infections and it has greater than 40,000 deaths linked to the virus, in line with a dwell tracker of the illness by Johns Hopkins College.

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