New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Tuesday that New York needs ventilators so desperately that they will test splitting a single ventilator between multiple COVID-19 patients.
During his daily coronavirus pandemic briefing, Cuomo said that his state needs an additional 30,000 ventilators due to the spike in coronavirus cases and chastised the federal government for not doing more to get ventilators to New York.
“The federal government has 20,000 ventilators, or thereabouts, in the federal stockpile,” Cuomo explained.
“Secretary [Alex Azar] runs an agency called HHS — Health and Human Services. I asked the secretary, ‘Look at the first word in the title of the agency you run. It is health. Your first priority is health. You have 20,000 ventilators in the stockpile. Release the ventilators to New York,’” he said.
“How can we be in a situation where you can have New Yorkers possibly dying because they can’t get a ventilator, but a federal agency saying, I’m going to leave the ventilators in the stockpile?” he added. “I mean, have we really come to that point?”
NY Gov. Cuomo calls on federal government to make use of stockpile of ventilators, saying to HHS Sec. Alex Azar: "Look at the first word in the title of the agency you run: it is health. Your first priority is health…Release the ventilators to New York!" https://t.co/PQM4joy0zd pic.twitter.com/MkuDKZ9Bhz
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