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It’s a little late. Several years ago, after learning that the Empire State’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than the 18,000 New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, state public-health leaders came to a fork in the road.
They could have chosen to buy more ventilators to back up the supplies hospitals maintain. Instead, the health commissioner, Howard Zucker, assembled a task force for rationing the ventilators they already had.
In 2015, the state could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece, or a total of $576 million. It’s a lot of money, but in hindsight, spending half a percent of the budget to prepare for pandemic was the right thing to do.
The national shortage of N95 respirator masks can be traced back to 2009 after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, when the Obama administration was advised to replenish a national stockpile but did not, according to reports from Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times.
In 2009, the H1N1 outbreak hit the United States, leading to 274,304 hospitalizations, 12,469 deaths, and a depletion of N95 respirator masks.
A federally backed task force and a safety equipment organization both recommended to the Obama administration that the stockpile be replenished with the 100 million masks used after the H1N1 outbreak.
Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that advice was never heeded.
originally posted by: RickyD
Who would have thought?!?! I don't know maybe the experts who get paid to plan and advise on the matter?
The most common and standard shelf life of an N95 mask is five years from its production date.
No Andy quit blaming everybody. Your the one that dropped the ball on this one.
Cuomo has wasted billions, and somehow he’s still here
The governor's Buffalo Billion and other revitalization projects have brought more headaches -- and in some cases convictions -- than jobs.
Then there’s the $8 million the governor spent putting up enormous “I ♥ NEW YORK” signs along the state’s highways. These signs are so egregious that the federal Department of Transportation ruled them a safety hazard and fined the state $14 million.
See.......... it's the people, not any government . Who would of thought That Item would be a target. I recall seeing plenty of gloves and masks in stores, but people came and swept whole shelves empty with one sweep of their arm hoarding out of frantic fear.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: MotherMayEye
Told by whom?
Did they do it?