President Joe Biden announced that more than 70,000 pounds of infant formula had arrived in the United States by military aircraft on Sunday. His top economics advisor also promised that retailers might see restored supplies “as early as this week.”
According to the Daily Mail, the cargo was the first in President Biden’s Operation Fly Formula initiative, which aims to increase the amount of infant formula that is imported from other countries in order to increase the supply in the United States. The shipment was made from the US military’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
There have been several instances of children being admitted to hospitals as a direct result of the infant formula shortage that has been hitting the United States as a whole. This is one of the many initiatives that the president has announced to help alleviate the increasingly serious situation.
“Folks, I’m excited to tell you that the first flight from Operation Fly Formula is loaded up with more than 70,000 pounds of infant formula and about to land in Indiana,” the president wrote on Twitter before the plane touched down. “Our team is working around the clock to get safe formula to everyone who needs it,” he added.
The package weighted a total of 78,000 pounds, according to Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for Vice President Joe Biden, who was speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One. CNN was informed by a White House official that the first supplies would be sent to areas of the nation “where the needs are most acute.”
The administration of President Joe Biden has come under fire for failing to respond quickly enough to the escalating issue and failing to take any action.
However, officials have pointed out that parents started having trouble when the formula producer Abbott Nutrition was forced to shut down its facilities in Michigan due to bacterial contamination.
According to reports from CBS News, at least four infants have been admitted to hospitals in South Carolina due to complications tied to the shortage.
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