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NCTO welcomes President Biden's COVID -19 action plan

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Jan '21
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The US National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) has welcomed President Joe Biden’s action plan and COVID-19 response, accompanied by a series of executive orders, including an order signed to strengthen US supply chains by directing federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act to address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related vaccine supplies.

“We are closely reviewing President Biden’s national strategic plan to confront the pandemic and welcome the executive order signed today to strengthen our supply chains by directing all federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act to address shortages of personal protective equipment, vaccine supplies and essential products. These are important steps that will help ramp up critical manufacturing of these essential PPE products and other critically needed supplies like tests and vaccines,” NCTO president and chief executive officer Kim Glas said in a statement.

American manufacturers have been at the forefront of the effort to build a domestic PPE supply chain since the onset of the pandemic. “Our industry is dedicated to making significant investments in automated equipment for PPE, but the industry needs long-term, multiyear contracts to help realize that investment,” he said.

“The deployment of DPA is one of the critical tools that will help incentivize investment in equipment, propel the hiring of U.S. workers and expand these critical production chains,” NCTO added.

Since its inception, the DPA has been utilized by the department of defence to make critical investments in domestic textile manufacturing infrastructure and capacity, creating private-public partnerships through the government’s capital investments under the DPA and guaranteeing purchases through long-term contracts.

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