Currently we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current President of the United States made a claim in the April 13th press briefing that the number of ventilators that were requested by the states was grossly over estimated and that as of the press briefing that everyone that needed a ventilator could have a ventilator. He also mentioned that anyone that needed a hospital bed could have one.
Ventilators are critical for the individuals that are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As this critical resource is needed to ensure that the fewest number of individuals perish of the virus getting the ventilators deployed to hospitals is a critical function of fighting the pandemic.
Is it, therefore, true that as of April 2020 that every patient that requires a ventilator has access to one as claimed by the President of the United States.
For reference the claims from the briefing:
starting at around 19:27
You don’t hear ventilators anymore. They have all the ventilators they need, which we were right about. We said, “You’re asking for too many. You don’t need that.” And in all fairness, these two people right here, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, they said, “I don’t think they need that many ventilators.” I said, “I agree.”
again around 23:00
And they shouldn’t be abused because you take a look at what’s happened, nobody’s asking for ventilators except outside of our country. Outside of our country, they’re calling me. Every country, they’re calling me. So many countries, and I’m going to try and help them because we have thousands of ventilators being built. But nobody’s asking for ventilators. Nobody’s asking for beds because we built hospitals. I think we built 20,000 beds in a period of a couple of weeks.
and one more around the 40:00 mark
at this point, I’m more focused on getting past this nightmare of a epidemic or a pandemic, anything you want to call it. We got to get past it. No one who has needed a ventilator has not gotten a ventilator. Think of that. You know, you heard all about ventilators, ventilators, we need ventilators, because they didn’t have them, because the states should’ve had them. No one who has needed a ventilator has not gotten a ventilator. No one who has needed a hospital bed has been denied a hospital bed. That’s not even really our responsibility.