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Federal Government Orders 64K Ventilators at Cost of $1.4 Billion

April 14, 2020, 1:00 AM

Seven manufacturers have received contracts from the U.S. government worth a total of $1.43 billion to supply over 64,000 ventilators as part of the nation’s response to the coronavirus, the HHS announced Monday.

General Electric, Hamilton, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Vyaire, and Zoll will deliver the equipment over the next three months, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The contracts will increase the national stockpile and help states that say they don’t have enough ventilators for all the Covid-19 patients who need one.

“The thousands of ventilators delivered to the Strategic National Stockpile starting this month, continuing through the spring and summer, will mean we have more capacity to respond to the pandemic as it evolves,” HHS Secretary Azar said in a statement.

Five of the contracts—those with General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, and Vyaire—were done under the Defense Production Act. Contracts with General Motors and Philips for ventilators had already been finalized and were also done under the Defense Production Act.

With these additional contracts, the Strategic National Stockpile will receive over 137,000 ventilators by the end of the year, the HHS said.

  • Vyaire will supply 22,000 for $407.9 million
  • Zoll will supply 18,900 for $350.1 million
  • Hamilton will supply 14,115 for $552 million
  • Hill-Rom will supply 3,400 for $20.1 million
  • RedMed will supply 2,550 for $31.98 million
  • General Electric will supply 2,410 for $64.1 million
  • Medtronic will supply 1,056 for $9.1 million

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