Booker urges FEMA to develop national ventilator database and distribution program

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In a letter addressed to the head of the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) urged FEMA to create a national database of existing U.S. ventilator supply that is accessible to states as well as a distribution program to immediately get ventilators to the areas that need them the most.

in a letter addressed to the head of the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) urged FEMA to create a national database of existing U.S. ventilator supply that is accessible to states as well as a distribution program to immediately get ventilators to the areas that need them the most.

While plans for increased production of ventilators that will be available in future is a positive development, those efforts will not help the states like New Jersey that need ventilators now.

“I write today to urge you to immediately develop and implement a nationwide ventilator database and distribution program. Doing so will help us send these devices to where they are needed, when they are needed, and inevitably save countless lives, Senator Booker urged.

As the leader of the newly-established Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you are no doubt aware that our nation is facing a critical shortage of ventilators. Today, many health systems throughout the country are very close to reaching their ventilator capacity. These systems have been warning for weeks that as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, there will be an insufficient supply of ventilators for every patient who will need one. In anticipation of this, many health systems and states are preparing ventilator allocation guidelines.[1] This is a national shame that should be felt deeply by our government, but it should also ignite immediate action,”

I urge you to use the information collected by FEMA to create a database that illuminates where the ventilator supply is throughout the country and where the greatest ventilator needs are. Using this database, FEMA should immediately distribute all of the ventilators in the federal supply to the states that need them now. FEMA should also use this information to work with states and health systems to voluntarily redistribute some ventilators from areas where they are not being used currently to areas that need them now. In coordination with other federal agencies, FEMA should arrange to transport ventilators to where they are needed and ensure the volunteering entities that ventilators will be sent back to them as necessary,” Senator Booker continued.

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