With limited supplies because of Trump’s fatal delay especially for needed medical equipment like masks and gowns, the federal government turned to a long list of untested suppliers — some of which have failed to deliver. An analysis by CNN finds that nearly 1 out of every 5 federal contracts for $1 million or more went to first-time contractors that had never won a contract with the federal government before the crisis broke out, many of which with financial connections to the Trump family and associates. Many had no previous experience producing or procuring personal protective equipment.
ProPublica also continues to investigate such government awards, launching a database to track federal pandemic-related purchases. The federal government is spending billions of dollars to combat the coronavirus, and spending shows no sign of slowing down. Explore who the U.S. is buying, what it’s buying and how much it’s paying at ProPublica’s website.