Amid the ongoing deficit, a military plane arrived in Indiana with more than 70,000 pounds of supplies
The U.S. military has flown a C-17 aircraft carrying 70,000 pounds (31,751 kg) of Swiss Nestle baby formula from German Ramstein Air Base to Indianapolis, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Wilsack told reporters Sunday. The shipment is part of Operation Fly Formula, a new program by the Biden administration aimed at tackling the current mass summer infant shortage in the United States.
Speaking to reporters at Indianapolis International Airport, Wilsack praised the delivery, which he said “Take care of 9,000 babies and 18,000 babies for one week“A total of 1.5 million 8-ounce bottle formulas are expected to arrive next week.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it would temporarily allow the import of baby formula from foreign manufacturers in an effort to address the deficit, which entered high gear in February after already existing Covid-19 supply chain problems were complicated by bacterial contamination. Abbott Labs, the country’s largest formula maker.
The Biden administration has also called for the Defense Production Act in an effort to increase the availability of the ingredients needed to formulate the formula.
Although the judiciary has reached a tentative agreement with Abbott to address those pollution issues, even if the FDA allows the company to resume production, it is expected to take eight to 10 weeks to meet the deficit internally.
The U.S. has blamed Biden for the lack of child resources
According to CBS News, prices of valuable products have also risen, with costs rising 18% in the previous year. However, inflation in general has reached record levels in the United States, with most food items and products such as gasoline being sold at higher prices than last year.
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