Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont spoke candidly about his state’s shutdown and struggle to obtain supplies during the early days of the pandemic while taking part in a panel today at the Yale School of Public Health.
“At that point, you had 50 governors scrambling,” Lamont said, describing planes landing with ordered personal protective equipment, then taking off to another place with a higher offer.
The governor also described the days leading up to initial shutdowns in the United States, and the realization that Connecticut would not receive supplies promised by the federal government.
Lamont remarked on a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the National Governors’ Association meeting in early 2020, where Pompeo warned against making deals with China. Lamont described the speech as foreshadowing his realization that the federal government was not in control of supply chains for personal protective equipment.
“There was no supply down in Washington, DC. You probably heard, ‘Don’t worry, the cavalry’s on the way,'” Lamont said. “There was nothing there.”
Lamont added he had to convince his constituents that the virus was a matter of life or death.
“I could not just order people, ‘Wear the mask, stay safe, stay home, or else I’m going to arrest you,’” said Lamont.
Source : CNN