HHS Spending Millions to Stockpile Ventilators in Case of ‘Public Health Emergency’

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday it is spending almost $14 million over three years to develop “low-cost, user-friendly ventilators” that can be stockpiled in case of a “pandemic or other public health emergency.”

“In pandemics and other emergencies, doctors must have medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, and critical equipment such as mechanical ventilators at the ready in order to save lives,” said Robin Robinson, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is part of HHS.

“An affordable portable ventilator will help us meet the needs of critically ill patients during a public health emergency, whether due to a naturally occurring pandemic or an act of bioterrorism.”