President Donald Trump was abruptly pulled out of Monday’s press briefing by a secret service officer after a shooting occurred just outside the White House. At no point in time was the President under threat but the Secret Service reacted out of an abundance of caution until the perimeter around the White House was secured, stated White House officials.
The President returned 10 minutes later and reported that a shooter had been neutralized outside the White House gates — the shooter is the only one reported to be injured in the incident.
The rare abrupt appearance by the Secret Service resembled former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card whispering to the President about 9/11. Trump was taken to the Oval Office reportedly and briefed on the matter. He asked when he could return to the press and once cleared, Trump walked back in and conducted the rest of the briefing.
More information about the shooter, their condition, and the motive is unknown.
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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”
The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”
An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.
In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.
Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”
As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”
Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”
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