Centering on Coronavirus: The Ventilator Shortage

By Aleksandra Srdanovic — April 10, 2020

In an issue brief published on April 10, 2020, The New Center discusses the importance of ventilators in the fight against coronavirus, what is causing their current shortage, and how governments and the private sector are responding to ensure as many people as possible have access to these life-saving devices.

Numbers At-A-Glance

  • A ventilator is a medical device

    that delivers oxygen to a patient’s lungs to support the necessary functions of other organs.

  • Invasive and Non-Invasive

    are the two broad categories that ventilators fall within.

  • 50,000 ventilators

    are produced globally each year under normal circumstances.

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