Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Expand Ventilator Supply

​The president ordered six medical device companies, including General Electric and Philips, to produce more ventilators.
Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 02, 2020

President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to compel six companies to produce much-needed ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The president said Thursday he's ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf "to help domestic manufacturers ... secure the supplies they need to build ventilators needed to defeat the virus." The companies listed in the order are General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Royal Philips and Vyaire Medical.

Last week, President Trump also invoked the DPA to order General Motors to build ventilators after negotiations between it and the federal government broke down.

Of course, some companies have been working on this type of project since before the president's order.

GE Healthcare announced last week it was working with Ford to ramp up production of its ventilators. Ford says it expects to build 50,000 machines within 100 days, and up to 30,000 per month after that. A spokesperson for GE told CNN on Thursday the company welcomes the Trump administration's efforts "to address [ventilator] supply chain constraints."