AGENCIES, Washington: The United States is ready to supply a large number of ventilators needed by its friends and allies in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump said on Friday.
Having ramped up the production of ventilators and other medical equipment required inside the US to treat the large number of people infected with the novel coronavirus, Trump said his administration will be distributing those throughout the world to other countries.
President Trump also spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The first thing that the PM asked him for help was ventilators. “Boris Johnson was asking for ventilators today. Unfortunately, he tested positive. And that”s a terrible thing, but he”s going to be great. I’m sure he’s going to be totally great. But they want ventilators. Italy wants ventilators, Spain wants ventilators, Germany wants ventilators,” he said.
“They’re all calling for ventilators. Well, we’re going to make a lot of ventilators and we’ll take care of our needs, but we’re also going to help other countries,” said the Trump as he announced that in the next 100 days, the US will be making more than 100,000 ventilators.
“We are in a position to do things that other countries can’t, so we have sort of an interesting position. We can make them because we are going to be making over 100,000 pretty quickly so we can make them and if we donate them, that’s okay because we can help Italy and UK, especially Boris Johnson. I mean when I say how are you feeling and the first thing Boris said to me is we need ventilators,” President Trump said.esponding to a question, Trump said there is a very good chance that the US might not need that many.
Trump also demanded on Friday that automakers Ford and General Motors start making ventilators to help ease the growing pressure on hospitals to care for coronavirus patients. “General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!!” Trump tweeted.
“FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!” he added.
Meanwhile, the White House has been working with 10 different companies to manufacture ventilators. The federal government currently has 10,000 ventilators in stock and is ready to use them rationally across the country.