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HHS canceling ventilator contracts, says stockpile is full

HHS canceling ventilator contracts, says stockpile is full Photo: WDIO-TV file

Michael Biesecker
Created: September 01, 2020 08:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is canceling some of its remaining orders for ventilators, after rushing to sign nearly $3 billion in emergency contracts as the COVID-19 pandemic surged in the spring.

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The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that the national stockpile has now reached its maximum capacity for the life-saving breathing machines, with nearly 120,000 available for deployment.

Though billed as a cost-saving measure, Democrats say the cancellations show the White House vastly overspent in its quest to fulfill President Donald Trump's pledge to make the United States the “King of Ventilators.” 

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