by Brianna Lyman, The Daily Caller:
The Biden administration knew about the baby formula shortage as early as February, the director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning.
Deese said the administration is working around the clock to tackle the issue from every angle possible, noting the administration is trying to give retailers “more flexibility on the types of formulas that they can sell.” Deese did not provide an estimate of how long the administration anticipates the shortage will last, but urged families to call their healthcare provider if they need help.
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Host Kaitlan Collins then asked Deese what his response to Republican criticism that the administration didn’t act fast enough is.
“The administration has been on this from the get-go. A lot of this emanated from a plant in Michigan that was producing formula that didn’t meet safety standards,” Deese said.
Collins then asked when the administration first became aware of the shortage.
“As a parent, and with friends and colleagues, we were aware that people were starting to have trouble in stores, but we were aware of this from when the FDA had to take its action back in February, with Abbott and with the steps in the Michigan facility. And we have had a team on this from the FDA and in the interagency process since then,” Deese said.
Collins noted how several complaints were made to the FDA in the preceding months.
“So I’m wondering if the sense inside the White House is that the FDA moved quickly enough on this issue?” Collins asked.