Esper: Pentagon will provide respirators, ventilators to HHS

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the Pentagon will provide 5 million respirators and 2,000 specialized ventilators to federal heath authorities to help in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Esper tells Pentagon reporters that the ventilators are designed for use by deployed troops and the military will need to train Health and Human Services personnel how to use them. He says some may have “single-use” limitations.

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