The Defense Production Act and the PREP Act: Key tools in the fight against COVID-19

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rapidly evolves, the United States faces unprecedented needs, which are quickly challenging existing supplies and disrupting supply chains. Having already declared a National Emergency, the Trump Administration has begun to activate emergency contracting measures that can be used to procure goods and services needed to fight the virus, including the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA) and the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), as described further below.

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