Authorizing the Exercise of Authority Under Public Law 85- 804: Memorandum for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, April 10, 2020 [open pdf - 241KB]
From the Document: "On March 13, 2020, I declared a national emergency recognizing the threat that the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (''the virus''), poses to the Nation's healthcare systems. I also determined on the same day that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes an emergency, of nationwide scope, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)). On March 18, 2020, I declared that health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID- 19 meet the criteria specified in section 101(b) of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 4511(b)), including that they are essential to the national defense."
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Federal Register (April 17, 2020), v.85 no.75, p.21735