March 24, 2020 — In his daily press briefing today Governor Cuomo has asked the Federal Government to release 20,000 ventilators they have in stockpile to New York. However he failed to mention had he purchased the 16,000 ventilators he knew New York needed back in 2015 he wouldn’t need the federal support he is begging for today. Mayor De Blasio just announced minutes ago that the federal government is sending 2,000 ventilators to NYC. De Blasio made sure to thank the Trump administration for that, but said NYC needs 15,000 ventilators.
Given the emergency of the situation right now Cuomo is correct, the federal government should deploy ventilators to New York immediately. However to shirk the responsibility for not having purchased those ventilators when he knew New York was way short – and he had the money in a huge surplus budget- is simply ridiculous.
I’m not sure, but I think the Trump administration is waiting to see how the hydroxychloroquine treatments work in New York – which are starting today throughout the entire state. I give Trump – and Del Bigree from The Highwire – credit for this development and believe it very well may be extremely helpful
FEMA is sending 400 ventilators to New York. However Cuomo says “400? I need 30,000 ventilators!” It can take 2 weeks to get the ventilators in palce. I don’t know if Cuomo’s 30,000 estimate is correct. However the ventilator issue is the critical issue of life and death when it comes to the novel coronavirus. If we lack ventilators when they are needed, people will die who didn’t have to die.