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News Analysis May 22, 2022 10:04 PM EST

WATCH: CNN SLAMS Biden administration for baby formula failure

"How do we get to the point where the United States of America has to airlift baby formula from another country in order to feed its children?"

WATCH: CNN SLAMS Biden administration for baby formula failure
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Even CNN is slamming the Biden administration for failing to procure baby formula for American babies.

In an interview with National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, CNN's Dana Bash noted at least four babies in South Carolina have been hospitalized due to the shortage.

"How do we get to the point where the United States of America has to airlift baby formula from another country in order to feed its children?"

The host said she "just had to ask" the question for viewers watching and wondering at home.

Deese blamed it on the fact that just three companies control 90 percent of the baby formula market. He said America needs more competition so no individual company has this much control over supply chains.

"Look, it's a reasonable question and it's frustrating. I'm a parent. And we look and we say nothing could be more important than the health and the safety of our babies. We have to take safety very seriously. And part of what happened here was that we had a manufacturer that wasn't following the rules, and that was making formula that had the risk of making babies sick. So we have to take action on that front," Deese noted.

More formula will be available in stores beginning this week, Deese added, noting that production would be ramping up in around a month.

Bash also asked: "When will baby formula be available to Americans in the way that we need" and "When will we get to normalcy?," repeated pressing Deese as to "when" stores would see their shelves stocked again.

Deese noted that 70,000 pounds of formula arrived Sunday, though it's exclusively destined for pharmacies and health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, as part of the administration's $28 million initiative to combat the shortage.

Biden also recently signed the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 into law. It allows greater access to baby formula production and lifts restrictions on the industry to spur production.

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