Morning Joe Chief Medical Correspondent: U.S. Short on Medical Equipment, Ventilator Supply ‘Taken Up by Other Countries’
Morning Joe chief medical correspondent Dr. Dave Campbell warned that the U.S. doesn’t have enough ventilators to deal with the coronavirus, partially because they were already bought out by other countries ahead of time.
As Campbell spoke about the ongoing pandemic on Wednesday, Mika Brzezinski asked if the country has enough ventilators and medical supplies at its disposal if case numbers continue to escalate.
“No,” Campbell answered. “Because we are a few weeks behind, the world capacity supply of ventilators has been taken up by other countries. You can’t go out today and buy a ventilator very easily. Other countries have already bought them. So we’re second in line here.”
Campbell went on to say that if surgical centers eventually get overwhelmed, ambulatory surgery centers “can serve as triage stations. They can be co-opted or commandeered to serve as surrogate health care facilities.” He warned, however, that that was a “wild proposal” even though it has been “on the books for years.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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