White House press secretary Jen Psaki said parents worried about their baby’s immediate needs in preparation amid a nationwide shortage should ‘call their doctor’ during a press briefing Thursday.
After a reporter asked PSAki what parents who can’t find formula should do, she detailed the steps the White House is taking to address the formula shortage.
“I just wonder if you’re a parent today and you go to the store and you can’t find any formula on the shelves as it’s been reported across the country. What action should they take? asked the reporter.
PSAKI noted that the reporter raised “significant public health issues,” but did not provide immediate action for parents.
But what I can tell you here, what I can tell all of you, is what we are doing to address exactly that concern, which is to take all possible steps to ensure that There is supply on store shelves and we have increased supply over the past four weeks. And as president, as I noted at the top of this briefing, we’re going to take every step we can to cut red tape to make sure we work with retailers like WalMart that we work with with Wreckit and Gerber and others who can produce more to make sure we supply stores and retailers so parents don’t have that worry. But beyond that is what I can read for you all from here.
The reporter pressured Psaki for families to take immediate action amid the formula shortage, to which Psaki said, “call their doctor.”
“We certainly encourage any parent who is concerned about their child’s health or well-being to call their doctor or pediatrician,” Psaki said.
President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has hit families hard because of its impact on infant formula. The shortage of formulas has increased since the end of last year.
As Breitbart News reported:
Datasembly also found that in July 2021, the [Out of Stock Percentage] OOS% jumped into double digits and then began to increase significantly towards the end of November 2021, where it rose from 11% nationally to 31% the week beginning April 3, 2022.
For the week beginning April 24, there were six states that had infant formula OOS percentages above 50%:
• Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota were 50-51%.
• Missouri was 52 percent.
• Texas was at 53% and Tennessee at 54%
• There were 26 states which was 40-50% out of stock compared to three weeks ago, when there were seven.
The Biden administration only began addressing the formula shortage this week.