Trump order will help local company speed up ventilator production

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The San Diego-based medical equipment company ResMed Inc. was among six manufacturers expected to speed up production of ventilators under an order issued Thursday by President Donald Trump.

The order came amid shortages of ventilators across the nation.

Trump said the order would “remove obstacles in the supply chain” and help the manufacturers “secure the supplies they need to build ventilators needed to save American lives.”

“Yesterday’s DPA action prioritizes access to critical ventilator components and accessories for industry-leading manufacturers, like ResMed, so that it can maximize the speed at which they produce and deliver ventilators to meet this rising global demand and save lives,” the company said in a statement.

ResMed is “looking to double or triple the output of ventilators, and scale up ventilation mask production more than tenfold,” CEO Mick Farrell said last week.

Trump issued an order under the Defense Production Act directing the Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the supply of materials needed to produce ventilators.

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