In late March, President Trump vowed to provide 100,000 ventilators within 100 days to fight COVID-19. But in the president’s quest to become “the king of ventilators,” will the U.S. have too many of these devices?
An analysis of federal contracting data by the Associated Press shows the agency is now on track to exceed 100,000 new ventilators by around July 13, about a week later than the 100-day deadline Trump first gave on March 27.
By the end of 2020, the administration is expected to take delivery of nearly 200,000 new ventilators, based on the AP’s review of current federal purchasing contracts. That would more than double the estimated 160,000 ventilators hospitals across the U.S. had before the pandemic.
But over the past month, demand for ventilators has decreased even as the U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus has surged past 80,000. After observing unusually high death rates for COVID-19 victims who were put on ventilators, many doctors are using them only as a last resort
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