Defense Production Act (DPA) a Critical Component of Biden Strategy for COVID-19

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Crowell & Moring – The Biden administration has identified the Defense Production Act (DPA) as a key part of its new “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” (Strategy), buttressed by a new “Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain” (Executive Order). Issued on January 21, 2021, the Biden administration’s Strategy calls for immediate action to address critical shortfalls of vaccination supplies, testing supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The Executive Order, issued the same day, directs agencies to use “all available legal authorities, including the Defense Production Act, to fill those shortfalls as soon as practicable by acquiring additional stockpiles, improving distribution systems, building market capacity, or expanding the industrial base.”

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