Politics Trump invokes Defense Production Act for ventilator manufacturing

23:25  02 april  2020
23:25  02 april  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act to aid companies building ventilators for coronavirus patients to receive the supply of materials they need.

In a memo released by the White House, Trump directed the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to use his authority to help facilitate the supply of ventilator materials for six companies - General Electric Co, Hill-Rom Holdings Inc , Medtronic Plc, Resmed Inc, Royal Philips N.V. and Vyaire Medical Inc.

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(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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