President Donald Trump signed an executive order to institute the Defense Production Act, or DPA, and now the act will be put into use.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use the act to gather about 60,000 COVID-19 tests, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The act, which dates back to the Korean War, allows the president to require businesses to support the country in times of need. The act also allows for incentives given to businesses that do step up.
While Trump issued the order, he’s given the control of it to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to actually put it into use, according to The Wall Street Journal.
DPA is also being added to the contract that will get 500 million masks into the hands of the groups that need them, CNBC reported.
Gaynor said the government wants to be “thoughtful about not upsetting the balance, making sure we can get it out to the market and the federal government not consume it all.”