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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy participates in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's press briefing on May 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of State of New York, Office of the Governor.

N.J. joins multi-state PPE purchasing consortium

By David Wildstein, May 03 2020 1:00 pm

New Jersey will join a regional buying consortium with six other states to purchase personal protection equipment, ventilators, tests and other medical equipment to increase purchasing power and seek lower prices, Gov. Phil Murphy said today.

Murphy made the announcement during a video appearance at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily press briefing.

New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts will be part of the purchasing group, Cuomo said.

According to Cuomo, New York hospitals will be required to stockpile a 90-day supply of personal protection equipment at the same rate of usage as required during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s not immediately clear if New Jersey will adopt the same policy.  Murphy did not mention it in his brief remarks.

Both governors spoke of the need for U.S. sources of PPE.

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