Governors warn shortages will put their states in
WASHINGTON — Two governors of states seeing a surge in coronavirus cases sounded the alarm Sunday a
WASHINGTON — Two governors of states seeing a surge in coronavirus cases sounded the alarm Sunday about the lack of resources to respond to the crisis and warned that shortages of ventilators and protective equipment could overwhelm hospitals as soon as this week.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich., said that some hospitals in her state are “already at capacity,” and that even despite receiving new shipments of protective equipment as recently as Saturday, her state is “going to be in dire straits again in a matter of days.”
Whitmer raised frustration with the that process, however, noting that the reality is that states and the federal government are all “bidding against one another” as they look to procure more ventilators and other important equipment.
“That’s a frustration point that is not unique to Michigan but is certainly a part of the issue we are all confronting,” she said.
“There’s not enough ventilators. We need thousands of ventilators in Michigan. There’s not enough N95 masks," she said. "We’ve got nurses who are wearing the same mask from the minute they show up from their long shift till the end of that shift.”
Also appearing on “Meet the Press,” Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden said that if he were president, he would be more aggressive in compelling companies to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment to address the predicted shortfalls.
“I would make sure that he uses the Defense Production Act, not only to deal with the issue of whether or not there are ventilators, but I would do the same thing for masks and gowns and masks and shields, all the things our first responders and doctors and nurses need,” he said.
“Why are we waiting? We know they’re needed, they’re going to be increasingly needed.”
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