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March 24, 2020, 11:40 a.m. EDT

New York Gov. Cuomo calls his state 'canary in coalmine' as he pleads with Trump administration for ventilators

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By Greg Robb

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for thousands of ventilators to be sent to his state within the next 14 days to deal with an expected severe shortage given the wave of patients expected to be infected with the coronavirus. He urged the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to get corporations to produce the equipment. And the government should also send the state the 20,000 ventilators now in a federal stockpile, he said. Cuomo said New York is the "canary in the coalmine" with 25,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Ventilators are seen as a key to recovery because they help a patient breathe while battling the infection.

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‘You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die’: New York’s Cuomo, in plea to Trump White House for ventilators

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