U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will use a key national security provision to order other companies to produce ventilators as stocks of life-saving medical devices across the Country are in short of a rush,media reported. “Today, I have issued an order under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to more fully ensure that domestic manufacturers can produce the ventilators needed to save the lives of Americans,” Trump said in a statement. My orders to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Homeland Security will help domestic manufacturers such as Ge, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Royal Philips and Vyaire Medical get the supplies they need. to build the necessary ventilator equipment to defeat the virus. “
The order will allow U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azhar to use “all the authority” to direct production. White House adviser Peter Navarro said at Thursday’s White House briefing: “… The president will use the Defense Production Act to ensure that the American people and our health care professionals have access to PPE, medicine, and everything we need. “
U.S. President Donald Trump was hesitant to trigger the Defense Production Act. When Trump signed a presidential directive on Friday ordering GM to produce ventilators and prioritize federal contracts
。 The situation took a turn two days after Mr. Trump was preparing to announce a deal with General Motors and ventilator maker Ventec Life Systems to produce up to 80,000 devices. The announcement was reportedly canceled when the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were unhappy with the $1 billion price tag for the effort.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned the need for ventilators, masks and other medical supplies during the crisis. “I feel like a lot of the numbers that’s being said in some areas are bigger than they expected,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity last week. I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. In addition, Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned the shortage of N95 masks and other basic health-care equipment across the United States, saying it shows that new York facilities have somehow lost or stolen them, which is no evidence.
Because States in the United States are still competing for vital health care resources, a federal order issued through the DPA would force any private company to prioritize federal contracts at the receiving end of the order. The law also allows the federal government to use its power to ensure that supply chains are able to produce and deliver materials at every step of the way. While the law’s potential to mobilize supply during the national crisis has been widely recognized, the Trump administration may still need to actively manage and coordinate with these newly developed manufacturers to get such orders passed.
In delaying the dPA’s order, Mr. Trump seemed entirely convinced that the private sector would step up on its own without White House directives. “Although some firms do do this, these new production efforts are far from sufficient and distribution issues have not been addressed.”