How the Federal Government Needs to Help States Get Necessary Medical Equipment
— March 25, 2020
By Michael Posner
The situation in New York illustrates the magnitude of the problem. According to Cuomo, the state needs 30,000 additional ventilators. Independently, the state has 4,000 in hand and has purchased another 7,000 on its own. Late yesterday, the federal government promised to deliver another 4,000 to New York. This leaves a shortfall of 15,000 ventilators in this one state alone. While New York may be the epicenter of the national outbreak today, shortages are almost certain to arise throughout the country in the weeks to come.
There is little to be gained now from assigning blame for the lack of preparedness or from reflecting on what could or should have been done differently. Instead, the focus needs to be on the present and the future, and what the federal government and private companies each need to do now to address this crisis. Instead of urging states to fend for themselves, and pointing to the efforts of private companies to suggest federal leadership is unnecessary, the President must step up to oversee a coordinated national response.
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Michael Posner is a Professor of Business and Society and Director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.