Running Out of Time

The German government recently placed an order for 10,000 mechanical ventilators, while China and Italy have placed orders for thousands more.

How is the United States preparing for a potential shortage of ventilators if the pandemic worsens? By doing nothing.

The chief executive of a ventilator manufacturer says his company could increase production by 500 percent in about a three-month period, but the U.S. government hasn’t lifted a finger to make any orders or to encourage manufacturers to ramp up production.

The outbreak shows no signs of slowing down and hospitals are already worried about reaching capacity. The time to ramp up ventilator production is right now — before it’s too late.

This administration’s inaction is putting our lives at risk.

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