White House announces fifth Operation Fly Formula flight

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White House announces fifth Operation Fly Formula flight

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that has secured baby formula for a fifth flight to the United States. Photo by Yuri Gripas/UPI | License Photo

The Biden administration has announced the fifth flight of baby formula to the United States in an effort launched to mitigate the ongoing shortage of the infant necessity.

The White House in a statement said Monday that it is sourcing a flight under Operation Fly Formula to transport 110,000 pounds or some 1.8 million eight-ounce bottle equivalents of Nestle Nan SupremePro Stage 1 infant formula.

The formula, which is coming from Cologne, Germany, will arrive in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday, it said, adding the product will be available nationwide through the the company’s distributions channels.

Additional deliveries will be announced in the coming days, it said.

According to the White House, 1.5 million bottle equivalents of infant formula has already been shipped to the United States on two flights from Europe under the operation with officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking flights for another 8.3 million bottle equivalents of formula.

President Joe Biden had announced two additional flights earlier this month.

The first of those flights will consist of some 380,000 pounds of Bubs Australia infant formula that is to land in Pennsylvanian and California on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The other will see more than 300,000 pounds of Kendamil infant formula shipped to the United States from London over a three-week period starting Thursday.

The shortage of the infant necessity in the United States follows Abbott Nutrition in mid-February shuttering its Michigan production facility and initiating a recall of some product after babies fell ill due to bacteria contamination.

Over the weekend, Abbott Nutrition reopened its closed Sturgis facility with plans to release EleCare and other specialty and metabolic formula to consumers by June 20.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also announced it was importing some 2.2 million pounds, or nearly 33 million eight-ounce bottles, of formula from Mexico with expected delivery to run from July through October.

The announcement was made as the shortage appears to be deepening, with Datasembly stating out-of-stock rates have climbed to 74% nationwide for the week ending May 28, Bloomberg reported.

Meanwhile, the 10 states of Arizona, Mississippi, California, Nevada, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Florida, Washington and Georgia have an out-of-stock rate of 90%.

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