Biden announces deal to receive baby formula shipments from Australia

Amid the worsening baby formula shortage that has millions of new parents frantic and threatens further damage to President Joe Biden’s approval numbers, the commander in chief announced Friday that a deal has been reached to receive 1.25 million cans of product from Australia in the weeks and months to come, as Fox Business reports.

In spreading the news of the arrangements on Twitter, Biden declared, “We’re doing everything in our power to get more formula on shelves as soon as possible,” welcome words to moms and dads who have been struggling with out-of-stock rates approaching 70% in some parts of the country over the last week.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, that volume of formula, sourced from Bubs Australia, will equate to 27.5 million 8-ounce servings, and the shipments will include numerous varieties of product, including those made from organic, grass-fed milk as well as goat’s milk.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that roughly 500,000 cans are ready to depart for the U.S. immediately, and another 750,000 will be produced for export during the months ahead.

The Biden administration has taken significant criticism from both sides of the aisle in recent weeks for failing to anticipate and address formula supply problems stemming from the closure of a Michigan Abbott Nutrition manufacturing facility back in February due to possible bacterial contamination, as the New York Post noted.

Belatedly spurred into action by that fallout, Biden last week invoked the Defense Production Act to help domestic baby formula makers obtain the ingredients necessary to boost production, and the administration announced an airlift program designed to bring supplies of formula into the country from abroad.

The initial shipment of formula secured via “Operation Fly Formula” arrived in America last weekend, and it consisted of 132 pallets of formula, with another 114 pallets anticipated to come at some point in the near future, as the Post reported separately.

As supplies of formula have continued to dwindle, the situation has grown more urgent, with babies ending up in hospitals in various parts of the country and Memphis physician Dr. Mark Corkins telling CBS News, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” and explaining that providing emergency IV fluids to dehydrated children is a temporary fix and not a long-term solution.

Though Biden seems pleased to have been able to show at least some movement on the crisis with his Friday announcement, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) blasted the administration last week, saying, “make no mistake, they had ZERO plan to address the baby formula crisis. Biden’s latest scramble wreaks of a cover-up,” and for that, the American people must demand answers and accountability.