Steven L: 100% Trumps fault for not invoking the Defense Production Act 4 weeks ago when the alarm bells were being Rung by the Health care Community.
This is not a switch you just turn on ,
I was a manufacturing planner , from preplanning ,to getting all supplies check off that are needed and ordered and delivered to the Manufacturing site
1- What is the design that is being asked for
-2 What are the components
-3 What are the Materials needed
-4 Who supplies the materials and components , or is new Machinery needed
-5 What is the suppliers timeline? and what can they produce per day , even running 2 or 3 shifts , per day
6- what is the shipping timeline to get the materials and components to the assembly point
-7 is it an assembly line operation?
-8 Is special training needed
There is more to all of this of course -- this is part of the Cliff notes..
it is all in the Math and Logistics ,
how many people are needed to make x .number of units per day,
assuming you have everything is on hand to produce the ventilators to the standard needed.
Is there Not a single person in the WH that understands this? , we know Trump Doesn't .
That is why you get experts that do.
The National Security Council Pamphlet " Pandemic Guidelines that Trump and the WH , never even looked at or followed and based on all the knowledge we have from WHO ,and other Countries that were ahead of us on the curve .
This should have been set up 4 to 6 weeks ago so everything that was needed to know and where everything was or should be could have been laid out .
Due to Trumps and Pence's absolute Mismanagement ,of the Crisis
* Lack of taking the Coming Pandemic seriously early Enough ,
*They were ,Notified by WHO on January 14 ,
*Intelligence briefing shortly after that they were all told what was coming ( Remember Republican Congress individuals that sold stock )but never informed any one expect their buddies and Rich Donors , they were all read in on the Intelligence Briefing
Trump gets Zero credit
So back to how many Ventilators does a factory make ?
First Ventilators are highly specialized lifesaving machines that need to be built with the utmost care and precision .So you also need trained people to do that and that also needs time.
Hamilton Medical as an example:They make 15,000 Ventilators annually ,
so even though they are increasing capacity they need to get additional supplies , and people trained .
and they are competing not only with other Companies that make Ventilators , General Electric , Getinge,Philips ,Drager all make hospital grade ventilators and in addition they are expensive.
So all of the USA and many manufacturers around the world are all competing for the components , materials and needed hardware other supplies needed for Ventilators.
Remember Ventilators were being asked for and ordered starting 4 weeks ago from the hot spots here in the USA , but even earlier from Europe who was ahead of our curve and in The Virus ,
Plus from South Korea , who reacted with great urgency , since they had a Pandemic Health Unit intact , unlike the USA ,
Remember Trump and Bolton Cut ours ... Pandemic Health Care Unit ,plus made cuts in other Health Related Departments at the same time...
So do not Blame GM
, it all falls on the one guy who "Says I am not Responsible", Donald J. Trump the President of the USA