Despite recent past aid failings, China is donating 1,000 ventilators to New York

By Chuck Ross

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the Chinese government has arranged to send 1,000 ventilators to help the Empire State deal with the coronavirus pandemic that originated from China.

“This is a big deal, and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said at a daily press conference.

Cuomo said that Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, the founders of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, have arranged to donate the ventilators in coordination with Beijing. The equipment will arrive at JFK airport on Saturday, the governor said.

Cuomo has battled with the U.S. government to provide ventilators to New York as it deals with the highest hospitalization rates for coronavirus in the country. Cuomo said that 15,905 New Yorkers are currently hospitalized with coronavirus. More than 4,100 of those are in the ICU.

“We got really good news today that the Chinese government is going to facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will come into JFK today,” said Cuomo.

The Chinese government has waged a propaganda campaign to highlight its donations of medical equipment to other countries, even though some of the supplies have been defective.

Nearly half of the 1.3 million masks that the Chinese government donated to the Netherlands were found to be defective. Eighty percent of coronavirus test kits that Beijing provided the Czech Republic and Spain did not work.

While Cuomo thanked the Alibaba founders and Chinese ambassador for the donation, he asserted that the U.S. needs to fix supply chain issues that have forced hospitals to rely on China for ventilators and other medical equipment.

“China is remarkably the repository for all of these orders — ventilators, PPE (personal protective equipment) — it all goes back to China,” Cuomo said.

“Which long term we have to figure out why we ended up in this situation where we don’t have the manufacturing capacity in this country.”

“We need the capacity in this country to do this.”

The novel coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged out of a Wuhan wildlife food market in November 2019. Chinese officials waited nearly six weeks to inform outside health organizations about the new virus. They also cracked down on physicians in Wuhan who alerted peers outside of China about the threat of a pandemic.

The Central Intelligence Agency also reportedly believes that the Chinese government has vastly undercounted coronavirus infections and deaths.

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3 thoughts on “Despite recent past aid failings, China is donating 1,000 ventilators to New York

  1. The CCP, can’t be trusted as far as you could throw them, they lied and tried
    to hide the facts about the ” Wuhan Virus ” and its devastation.

    Until the people of China stand up against the Government things will never
    change in China, and the US needs to cut ties with them until they take
    responsibility for this disaster !!

    This token gift to Cuomo shows how deceptive they can be, and he bought it
    hook, line & sinker.

    Gov Cuomo was not prepared for this and now he’s willing to ” seize ” any and all
    equipment & materials from upper NY Hospitals, that were prepared…………

    Kind of sounds like something you hear from a communist regime, save the elite
    big city and forget about the small town …………. Liberals !!

  2. China is our friend! Trust them! They are just trying to help us. Yeah that’s the ticket.
    Bats are good for you. They make nice pets too, if you aren’t hungry.
    We get big discount for slightly used masks and ventilators. You can wipe them, with a cloth.
    Wuhan lab is curing cancer. All good.

  3. Sorry, but I wouldn’t trust ANYTHING that comes out of China! There is also reporting that this virus ‘escaped’ from the Wuhan bio lab. That sounds more believable to me. Interesting that this virus appeared as thousands of Chinese were traveling back and forth all over the world for the Chinese New Year. Some evil doer might think this would be the time to infect as many countries as possible.
    Just sayin’. You can’t trust communist dictators. Haven’t we already learned that lesson???

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