Eshoo Applauds New FDA Guidance Stating N95 Shortage for Health Care Workers is Over

April 9, 2021
Press Release

PALO ALTO, C.A. – Today, Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s new recommendation that health care facilities transition away from crisis capacity conservation strategy for N95s and other filtering facepiece respirators:

“Over the past year our nation’s health care workers have been put at risk for contracting COVID-19 because they’ve been forced to reuse N95s and work in unsafe conditions. The deadly shortage our nation faced in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our health care workers is a national embarrassment and should never happen again.

“Today, the FDA and CDC stated that they believe there is an adequate supply of respirators so that health care facilities no longer need to reuse decontaminated masks. This is welcome news and demonstrates our progress toward crushing COVID-19. We must make sure this type of shortage never happens again by reinvesting in a sustainable supply of high-quality, American-made PPE.”