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Promises Kept: 78K Lbs of Baby Formula Arrives in US Thanks to Defense Production Act

Promises Kept: 78K Lbs of Baby Formula Arrives in US Thanks to Defense Production Act

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.

[Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images]
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.

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.

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