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COVID-19 stretched the Strategic National Stockpile thin. Now, lawmakers are proposing a blockchain network to better track medical supplies

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  • A bill filed in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 29 lays out an ambitious plan to create a nationwide, private blockchain-backed network for tracking supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile
  • The SNS has emerged as a point of significant contention in the government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The proposed bill “was created in response to the failures of the SNS to provide personal protection equipment, ventilators and other vital equipment during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Rep. Stephen Lynch, the bill’s chief sponsor.
Newly-filed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would, if passed and signed into law, create a nationwide blockchain network to track critical medical supplies and other goods in both state stockpiles as well as the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

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