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GOJ to secure 20,000 ventilators

  • April 17, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported that the Health Ministry has implemented several steps to secure up to 20,000 ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients in serious condition, explaining that in addition to the some 8,000 currently available, it plans to procure 5,000 more either by renting or purchasing them. The ministry will also urge trading firms to import and commercial firms to produce 7,000 additional ventilators in total by promising that they will all be purchased by the central government. The ministry has reportedly allocated some 26.5 billion yen ($246 million) in a supplementary budget to finance these plans.  

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