Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the “go ahead” to realize ventilators to help alleviate a shortage amid the COVID-1 9 pandemic, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that ended with a challenge to auto managers to show how good their companies are.
Ventilators are a critical piece of medical rig for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-1 9, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-1 9 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. And since there is no clinically proven medication hitherto, ventilators are relied upon to help people breathe and fight the disease. There are about 160,000 ventilators in the United District and another 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply, the NYT reported.
The tweet follows a plea Sunday morning from NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the federal government to nationalize medical quantity buy instead of leaving it to individual states. Cuomo is one of a stretching group of officials to call for Trump to ordering companies to produce medical quantities under the Defense Production Act, a principle that allows the federal government to compel private industry to produce substances needed for national defense.
Without the nationalization, states are competing against each other for furnishes, Cuomo said. Expenditures have spiked as a result, putting greater pressure on a health care system.