First shipment of foreign baby formula delivered under ‘Operation Fly Formula’

The United States has been experiencing an acute shortage of baby formula in recent weeks, with desperate parents left scrambling.

However, the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday that some measure of relief is finally on the way.

DoD coordinating formula shipments

According to the outlet, 78,000 pounds of powdered baby formula were brought by air to Indiana over the weekend.

That delivery represented the first flight of an undertaking known as “Operation Fly Formula.” It is being coordinated by the Department of Defense and involves the use of commercial cargo flights.

“DOD will use its contracts with commercial air cargo lines, as it did to move materials during the early months of the COVID pandemic, to transport products from manufacturing facilities abroad that have met Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards,” the White House explained in a statement.

“Bypassing regular air freighting routes will speed up the importation and distribution of formula and serve as an immediate support as manufacturers continue to ramp up production,” it went on to add.

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese was quoted as estimating that Sunday’s drop-off is enough to satisfy 15% of America’s total formula need.

“Asleep at the switch”

Still, Republicans complain that the Biden administration should have taken action on the baby formula shortage far sooner.

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) told Fox News last week, “Joe Biden was forced to change his schedule to get on the phone with formula manufacturers because House Republicans had a press conference on this. So Democrats have been asleep at the switch.”

“I think this is going to be a huge government controversy, and there must be accountability on the failures of the FDA,” she continued.

“This is Joe Biden’s fault and their incompetence.”

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