US seeking industry cooperation on future medical supplies
May 22, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic.
The government began formal discussions Thursday with private industry representatives on a cooperative five-year agreement to ensure supplies of protective materials, medical equipment, medicine and vaccines.
The agreement would involve a provision of the Defense Production Act that has been used only twice before to enable competitive businesses and the government to dis...