(NewsReady.com) – Many hospitals are in need of respirators to treat severe cases of COVID-19. General Motors (GM) shifted its facilities to focus on ventilator production to help with the shortage. President Donald Trump estimated that a total of 32,000 ventilators will be built by the end of May and over 150,000 by the end of the year.
Even still, there are tens of thousands of respirators across the country not in use and Trump has taken notice.
During his April 14 COVID-19 press briefing, Trump introduced a new initiative, the “Dynamic Ventilator Reserve,” to help hospitals connect and lend unused respirators to those who need them.
President Trump announced today a national ventilator sharing program that aims to allow hospitals to lend the lifesaving devices to others facing acute coronavirus outbreaks. https://t.co/tDuPXX4Mjg pic.twitter.com/2ltepfhwHJ
— POLITICO (@politico) April 15, 2020
According to the announcement, there are an estimated 60,000 respirators currently not in use. The Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA will support the program to ensure all American hospitals are prepared for COVID-19. The president also said that if there’s a need for more ventilators, the federal government promised hospitals that it will make sure the hospitals get them.
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