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Apr 21 2020

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Washington DC

At least a dozen nurses on Tuesday protested outside the White House demanding the administration take action to acquire more personal protective equipment (PPE), reading aloud the names of 50 nurses who have died of coronavirus.

"We are here because our colleagues are dying. I think that right now people think of us as heroes, but we're feeling like martyrs," one nurse told NBC News.

National Nurses United (NNU) is asking the administration to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to order the mass production of PPE, ventilators and coronavirus test kits. President Trump has used the DPA on a limited basis in recent weeks to manufacture ventilators and some other equipment to respond to the coronavirus outbreak but has encouraged hospitals and states to take the lead on obtaining other supplies.

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