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Maine received less than a third of protective respirator masks per resident from the national stockpile than Vermont or Rhode Island, but more than three times that of Texas, according to a newspaper analysis.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the N95 masks, which filter out 95 percent of all airborne particles, including ones too tiny to be blocked by regular masks, weren’t allocated based on population, as the Trump administration indicated.
As of April 6, Maine had received a total of 86,008 N95s from the stockpile, or 1 for every 15.6 of the state’s inhabitants. Vermont received 1 for every 4.7 of its residents, while Rhode Island got 1 for every 5. Hard-hit Massachusetts got less, 1 for every 28 people, and Texas received 1 for every 48.
“Whatever methodology this administration is using, there’s no transparency or accountability to it,” said U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.
Partisan politics didn’t appear to have played a factor in which states got larger shipments, the newspaper reports