Federal and state authorities compete with each other for artificial respiration devices and masks necessary for doctors to work.
Several American governors have said that there is a significant shortage of artificial respiration devices, masks and other medical devices needed to treat people infected with the coronavirus in their states. At the same time, the governors partly blamed this on the Federal government, which competes with the States in trying to purchase supplies for the treatment and prevention of coronavirus.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who is also the Chairman of the National Governors Association, says his medics in Maryland are “working blindly” trying to treat people with coronavirus because they don’t have enough testing kits.
President Donald Trump, in a conversation with governors this week, said that for several weeks he had not heard complaints about the lack of tests. According to Trump, the Federal center sent a sufficient number of test kits to the states. However, Republican Hogan in an interview with National public radio (NPR) called the President’s statement “untrue.”
The Governor of Connecticut, Democrat Ned Lamont, said that his state has to cope with the problems on its own, as supplies of medical equipment and supplies run out, and the number of victims is constantly increasing. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 3,100 people had been infected with the coronavirus in Connecticut, 69 of them have died.
Trump said a few days ago that state and city authorities are requesting too many expensive ventilators, the cost of which ranges from $ 25,000 to $ 50,000.
Responding to a reporter’s question about Cuomo’s statement, Trump said: “The problem with some people is that no matter how much you give them, it will never be enough.”
According to Cuomo, the State of New York purchased 17,000 ventilators in China for $ 25,000 apiece. Maryland Governor Hogan expressed a wish to the Federal government to start coordinating the purchase of medical equipment so that states do not compete with each other for purchases.