It was learned that the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) received $ 1 billion to counter the spread of the coronavirus under the stimulus package provided under the CARES Act, but used this amount to buy weapons and vests.
The Pentagon received $ 1 billion to counter the spread of the coronavirus under the stimulus package provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Support and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but used that amount to purchase weapons and vests, according to the American Washington Post newspaper.
The Pentagon also allegedly bought jet engines, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), holiday uniforms and tracking equipment.
In the report, it was claimed that defense contractors received “hundreds of millions of dollars from the foundation” for purposes not related to the fight against Kovid-19.
It was stated that the Rolls-Royce and ArcelorMittal companies received approximately $ 183 million to ‘support the shipbuilding industry’ and spent tens of millions more for space exploration, and the military uniform supplier American Woolen Company received $ 2 million.
In addition to all these, some companies not only received money from the Pentagon, but also entered the payroll protection program, where the USA allocated billions of dollars to help SMEs affected by the Kovid-19 outbreak.
Pentagon Spokesperson Jessica Maxwell explained that there is no requirement in the CARES Act package to spend all the money received on medical resources only. Despite Maxwell’s statement, Democratic Party members have already requested an urgent investigation.
In the USA, which continues to be the center of the Kovid-19 epidemic and the country with the most casualties, the number of deaths due to coronavirus has exceeded 200 thousand, and a rapid increase in new cases is observed in almost 30 states of the country. In the USA, which ranked first with more than 6.9 million cases in the list of countries with the highest number of cases, 2.6 million people have managed to defeat the disease.