FBI orders $40K in hand sanitizer, face masks in case of coronavirus pandemic in US

The FBI is acting preemptively, ordering $40,000 of hand sanitizer and face masks "in case the coronavirus becomes a pandemic in the United States," according to an acquisition document cited by CNBC. 

The FBI submitted the "pandemic preparedness" supply order Feb. 14, and supplies are to be delivered by Feb. 21. The purchase order includes face masks from 3M and disinfectants, including hand sanitizer, from PDI Healthcare. 

The FBI said PDI's hand sanitizer and wipes were necessary because they kill "54 different microorganisms within 1 minute." The bureau said the urgency of the request required direct purchase from manufacturers, instead of retailers.

The supplies "are to be stored throughout the country for distribution in the event of a declared pandemic," the document said, according to CNBC. 

As of Feb. 19, there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. 

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