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Why the US Ran Short of Ventilators

Every time you turn on the news, someone inevitably talks about the acute shortage of ventilators — life-saving machines that pump air into your lungs when you can’t breathe on your own. Ventilators are the last-ditch mechanical means available to health care personnel when they’re trying to save a coronavirus victim’s life. Yet, hospitals are screaming they don’t have enough; there is a life-threatening, acute shortage of ventilators everywhere — and everyone wants to know why. The New York Times explains what happened: There was a plan in place 13 years ago. There was a government contract to build enough ventilators for a crisis like this. The work had begun to acquire low-cost ventilators in substantial quantities.  Read more.....

 

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