The Great Baby Formula Shortage of May 2022 is about to come to an end thanks to a quick response after President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act.
Republicans had seized upon the baby formula shortage as another talking point against the President, which was due to a production shutdown at Abbott Nutrition, one of the four major companies which makes the essential infant nutritional supplement. But once it became clear that the Biden administration was taking real measures to solve the issue and help American families–something the Trump administration never did, not even during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic–nine of them voted against the President’s bill that would help the FDA with the shortage.Despite the small group of Republicans attempting to obstruct the President, an Air Force plane carrying 78,000 pounds of formula (enough for more than half a million baby bottles) arrived Sunday in Indianapolis, the first of many military flights commissioned in the effort dubbed “Operation Fly Formula,” because no commercial flights were available to get the formula to enough Americans in time. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was there to personally welcome the first shipment.
There were 192 Republicans who voted NO to approve $28 million to help FDA deal with baby formula shortage. Luckily there were more House members that voted yes and it moves forward to the Senate!
Are Republicans really pro-life?
— Sara Kollack-Walker (@kollackwalker) May 19, 2022
In addition to Sunday’s delivery, the White House announced that 132 pallets of Nestle Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula were to leave Ramstein Air Base in Germany for the U.S. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula were expected to arrive in the coming days. Altogether, about 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of the three formulas, which are hypoallergenic for children with cow’s milk protein allergies, are expected to arrive this week.
Operation Fly Formula is underway. Thanks to the teamwork of the men and women of U.S. Transportation Command, needed specialty infant formula is in the United States. pic.twitter.com/uErzdh6tXk
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 22, 2022