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Putin Accepts Trump’s Offer For Ventilators As Health Experts Warn Of Second Wave In US


Putin Accepts Trump’s Offer For Ventilators As Health Experts Warn Of Second Wave In US

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accepted President Donald Trump’s offer for ventilators to aid the country’s coronavirus response, Reuters reported.

Trump in mid-April signaled he might send ventilators to Russia to help it with COVID-19.

“I think Russia is going to need ventilators. They’re having a hard time in Moscow. We’re going to help them,” he said at the time.

It appears the two leaders sealed the deal on a Thursday phone call, in which they also discussed arms control, according to the White House.

A White House readout of the call indicated that Trump told Putin the U.S. was “ready to provide assistance to any country in need, including Russia.” Separately, a Kremlin readout of the call said it was “proposed from the American side to send a batch of medical equipment to Russia.”

Later in the day, Trump told reporters at the White House that Russia was having a “hard time” with COVID-19 and that the US would send “some ventilators” at the “appropriate time.”

Trump previously pushed back on requests from U.S. governors begging the federal government for more ventilators, essentially telling states they were own their own in terms of acquiring vital medical equipment amid a pandemic.

As governors pleaded for ventilators and other equipment in March, Trump said, “Governors are supposed to be doing a lot of this work, and they are doing a lot of this work.”

“The federal government is not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping. You know, we’re not a shipping clerk,” the president added.

As Trump moves to send lifesaving medical equipment to Russia, his administration has predicted that the US’s daily coronavirus death toll would nearly double over the next month, with the number of new daily infections expected to rise from 25,000 to 200,000, according to The New York Times.

While COVID-19 cases are starting to level off in some U.S. states, health experts say a second wave of cases is expected.

“In [my opinion] it is with great certainty that there will be waves of this virus in the months ahead. It is the uncertainty as to the intesity of the waves,” said Dr. Mark Povroznick, Chief Quality Officer and Chairman of Infection Control at United Hospital Center.

“We probably will see a second wave, and even a third and fourth wave. The question is how large will they be? If you are infected, do you become immune? If you do become immune, how long does it last?” Dr. Rich Vetter, Essentia Health’s Chief Medical Officer said.

“Obviously all of us are hoping that we don’t see that phenomenon, but hope is not a plan. We need to plan accordingly,” Dr. Avish Nagpal, a Sanford Infectious Disease specialist said.


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