Nurses head to the White House to protest lack of protective equipment

Nurses rallied in front of the White House on Thursday morning to protest the lack of personal protective equipment available to them in the battle against t...

Posted: May 7, 2020 6:51 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 8:45 PM

Nurses rallied in front of the White House on Thursday morning to protest the lack of personal protective equipment available to them in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

The demonstrators gathered in Lafayette Square in front of the White House and placed 88 pairs of empty shoes on the ground. Those shoes represented the life of each nurse they say has been lost due inadequate personal protective equipment while fighting the coronavirus.

The demonstrators then read the names of the 88 fallen nurses.

'You talk about how essential, how needed, how grateful you are, and yet you throw us to the wolves. You throw us out onto a battlefield without armor and the more we complain we don't see anything being done,' said Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, in an interview with CNN.

The union's website said the protest was meant to demand 'that the administration do more to protect frontline health care workers around the country.' The union represents 155,000 nurses around the country and has been vocal throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

In early April, the union's Twitter account called for President Donald Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to create more protective equipment, arguing 'bandanas are not protection.'

'We are not getting what we need. We have not seen the worst of it yet. We are so afraid,' Ross told CNN.

The protest comes just a day after Trump contradicted a nurse he honored in the Oval Office who had told him that availability of personal protective equipment can be 'sporadic.' Trump insisted there are no personal protective equipment shortages in the US.

'Sporadic for you but not sporadic for a lot of other people,' the President told the nurse.

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