Facing a Crisis Rivaling Pearl Harbor, America Pleads for Coronavirus Aid
Healthcare workers simply don't have enough of the medical supplies they need
As U.S. health care workers scrounged for life-saving medical equipment last week to protect frontline-staff against coronavirus, President Donald Trump made a jarring claim: the U.S. would soon have an over-supply of ventilators – enough to distribute across the globe to other needy countries.
"We're going to be distributing them – the extras – around the world," the president said on April 1 during a White House press briefing. He listed Italy, France and Spain as likely destinations for America’s sudden bounty as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the planet.
What Trump didn't mention: Earlier that same morning, the Trump administration was preparing to receive a Russian military cargo plane – loaded with 60 tons of masks, ventilators and other items – to distribute to besieged American doctors and nurses.
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