Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to facilitate the supply of ventilators

Apr 2, 2020 10:30 PM ET

“Today, I issued an order under the Defense Production Act to ensure that local manufacturers can manufacture fans that are needed to save American lives,” Trump said in a statement.

Thursday’s order comes in the face of growing fear of a lack of ventilators across the country. The use of these life-saving medical devices has skyrocketed in critical coronavirus patients.

The order, the statement said, will help local manufacturers “secure the supplies they need to build ventilators to fight the virus.”

The last rounds of protective equipment in national stocks are dispatched.

The president also said the move “will save lives by removing supply chain obstacles that threaten the rapid production of fans.”

The order, in the form of a memorandum from the President, regulates the supply of material for the manufacture of respirators to six companies: General Electric Co., Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., Medtronic Public Limited Co., ResMed Inc., Royal Philips N.V. and Vyaire Medical Inc.

It also instructs Acting Minister of Internal Security, Chad Wolf, and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, “to use all powers available under the law to facilitate the delivery of material to these companies.”

Trump previously relied on the Defense Production Act to commit General Motors to produce more fans.

The President was under pressure to use the Coronavirus Medical and Procurement Law in the United States.

The Defense Production Act is, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, “the primary source of presidential agencies to accelerate and expand the deployment of US-based resources to support military, energy, space and homeland security programs.”

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