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PPE and medical supplies are piled up at a wing at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Demand for such equipment has remained high months into the pandemic. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Yep, Masks And Protective Gear Are Still Hard To Get — Especially For Small Buyers

Just like in March, when coronavirus cases spiked for the first time, some workers and employers across the country face PPE shortages. Masks, gloves, gowns and other equipment are scarce.

The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir shortened hospital stays for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in a federally funded study. But there's not enough of the medicine to go around. Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Feds Decide On Remdesivir Shipments To States Remains Mysterious

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PPE and medical supplies are piled up at a wing at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Demand for such equipment has remained high months into the pandemic. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Yep, Masks And Protective Gear Are Still Hard To Get — Especially For Small Buyers

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Rattan Lal, an Indian-born scientist, has devoted his career to finding ways to capture carbon from the air and store it in soil. Ken Chamberlain/OSU/CFAES hide caption

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A Prophet Of Soil Gets His Moment Of Fame

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