Apr 4, 2020 - Health

China donates 1,000 ventilators to New York

In this image, a ventilator sits on a gurney

A ventilator and other hospital equipment in Central Park on March 30. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

A donation of 1,000 ventilators from China will arrive in New York state on Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.

The big picture: Health care workers and the federal government are scrambling to stretch limited inventories of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus crisis, as the U.S. won't be able to manufacture enough medical masks and ventilators in time for a surge in demand expected to hit in mid-April.

  • Taiwan has pledged to give the U.S. 100,000 protective face masks per week, President Tsai Ing-wen announced on Wednesday.
  • Shanghai shipped 12 million gloves, 130,000 N95 masks, 1.7 million surgical masks, 50,000 gowns, 130,000 hand sanitizer units and 36,000 thermometers to New York on Sunday.

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