Cuomo: China And Oregon Sending Ventilators to NYC After Trump/Kushner Failed to Provide
The United States does not have a big enough supply of ventilators. The medical devices are sorely needed to combat the effects of COVID-19 on patients. While some companies have promised to retool their factories and produce the new ventilators, time is wasting.
States that are in the throws of the pandemic, like New York, have desperately requested the federal government supply the devices. Those requests, though, have largely been ignored by the Trump administration. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo revealed that China and the state of Oregon will both be stepping in to help.
During his Saturday presser, the governor said that China would be sending the state 1,000 ventilators. He said of the gesture, “This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us.”
In addition, Cuomo said that the state of Oregon would be sending along 140 of the devices. The governor continued, “Also, the state of Oregon contacted us and is going to send 140 ventilators, which is, I can tell you, just astonishing and unexpected. And I want to thank Gov. [Kate] Brown, I want to thank all of the people in the state of Oregon for their thoughtfulness.”
The devices are needed after Jared Kushner and Donald Trump downplayed the situation in New York. Kushner said on Thursday, “I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”
During Friday’s press conference, Trump was asked if New York would get all the requested devices. “No,” said the President. “They should’ve had more ventilators at the time. They should’ve had more ventilators.”
.@jonkarl: Cuomo says NY may be days away from running out of ventilators. Can you assure NY that they will have the ventilators they need?
TRUMP: "No. They should've had more ventilators at the time. They should've had more ventilators." pic.twitter.com/j2I94iiXas
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 3, 2020