The former director of the largest U.S. stockpile of medical supplies told CBS News we may not have enough inventory of masks, gowns and ventilators to meet the needs of doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus.”The system is very stressed,” said Greg Burel, who retired in January after 12 years as director of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the nation’s $8 billion supply of medical equipment, drugs and protective gear. “The Strategic National Stockpile is that very last lifeline,” Burel told CBS News’ Catherine Herridge. “It doesn’t have everything in unlimited resources that people would like it to have.”The U.S. began tapping that lifeline earlier this month, shipping supplies across the country from government warehouses, their locations kept secret for national security reasons. “It would never have been possible, even with virtually unlimited funds, to supply everything that’s going to be needed for this event, from the Strategic National Stockpile,” he said. The stockpile’s biggest deficit may be ventilators.  An official with Health and Human Services confirmed to CBS News there were 16,600 ventilators before COVID-19; now there are thousands less, as officials anticipate a surge of new cases. Herridge asked, “Why aren’t there more?” “Ventilators are very expensive to


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