Washington Post: Biden administration moves to stave off shortage of monoclonal antibodies

Washington Post: Biden administration moves to stave off shortage of monoclonal antibodies. “The Biden administration moved this week to stave off a shortage of monoclonal antibodies, taking over distribution of the critical covid-19 therapy while it tries to purchase more. The policy change that went into effect Monday is all but certain to result in cuts of the medication to some states, especially seven in the Deep South with high infection rates that have been using about 70 percent of the national supply.”

BBC: NHS blood test tube shortage set to worsen

BBC: NHS blood test tube shortage set to worsen. “NHS England has admitted that a shortage of vials used for blood tests will worsen over the next few weeks and will last until mid-September. It said supplies remain constrained and are forecast ‘to become even more constrained over the coming weeks’.”

KITV: State secures supply of oxygen, expected to arrive in Honolulu over Labor Day weekend

KITV: State secures supply of oxygen, expected to arrive in Honolulu over Labor Day weekend. “The Hawaii Department of Emergency Management agency worked with multiple agencies to secure about 35,000 gallons of liquid oxygen. It’s expected to be in Honolulu tomorrow. HI-EMA reports the daily consumption of medical grade oxygen across the state has increased by more than 200% since the beginning of August.”

The Hill: Texas oil refinery partially suspends operations, citing oxygen supply shortage

The Hill: Texas oil refinery partially suspends operations, citing oxygen supply shortage . “Sulfur recovery units use oxygen in an effort to retrieve sulfur, which comes from raw materials, to meet the chemical element’s emissions standards. A Texas environmental filing noted that Citgo Petroleum Corp. had halted part of that unit’s operations due to a higher medical need for oxygen in the area, Bloomberg noted.”

Orlando urges reduced water usage; liquid oxygen used to treat water is needed for COVID patients (Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando Sentinel: Orlando urges reduced water usage; liquid oxygen used to treat water is needed for COVID patients. “The city of Orlando and its water utility on Friday appealed to residents to cut back sharply on water usage for at least several weeks because of a pandemic-triggered shortage of liquid oxygen used to treat water. Orlando Utilities Commission consumes 10 tankers of liquid oxygen each week to remove odor and color from water. A sharp increase in the usage of liquid oxygen by hospitals in treating COVID-19 patients has resulted in short supplies for other uses.”

SF Gate: The upcoming nitrile glove shortage could be way worse than the mask shortage

SF Gate: The upcoming nitrile glove shortage could be way worse than the mask shortage. “In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a nitrile glove shortage may not seem as dire as a mask shortage. After all, no virus can ‘drill through the skin on your hand,’ and masks are still the best safety precaution for most people. However, these gloves are still a necessity for medical professionals, tattoo artists, food servers, and mechanics. Plus, they have various at-home uses including gardening, cleaning, and safety precautions for the immunocompromised. Right now, our supplies are dwindling — and the United States currently has no domestic manufacturers.”

Politico: Masks, surgical gowns, testing supplies on FDA shortage list

Politico: Masks, surgical gowns, testing supplies on FDA shortage list. “Surgical gowns, gloves, masks, certain ventilators and various testing supplies needed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic are on the FDA’s first-ever list of medical devices in shortage. The agency is not disclosing who makes any of the devices on the list, which it released [August 14], because that ‘will adversely affect the public health by increasing the potential for hoarding or other disruptions.’ Instead, the agency has released the product codes of devices in shortage.”

France24: Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

France24: Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe. “While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are increasingly in critically short supply in Europe, the worst-hit continent. From sedatives needed to intubate patients struggling to breathe to anti-malarial drugs heavily backed by US President Donald Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic is eating up stocks.”