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With over 80 thousand Americans dead due to the virus that's upended daily life in the United States, one of the biggest obstacles to slowing the fatality rate is the shortage of personal protective equipment such as N95 masks to protect healthcare workers from contracting the virus.

This shortage is considered to have been largely avoidable, but the unwillingness of President Donald Trump's administration to oversee the distribution of PPE to each state, and its shipment of millions of masks overseas during the early stages of the global outbreak.

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