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Ventilator supply starts to increase as Tam warns of possible surge of COVID-19 – CHAT News Today

OTTAWA Less than two per cent of the 40,000 new ventilators Canada ordered for hospitals last spring have already been delivered.
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is better prepared for a fall wave of COVID-19 than it was in the spring, but also says that wave could be big enough to overwhelm Canadas health-care system, including its supply of ventilators.
Health Canada wont say how many ventilators hospitals could need to respond to such a surge, but insists it has enough for now, with the new ones ordered meant to augment existing stockpiles.
Only 606 of the 40,328 ventilators Ottawa ordered in April and May have arrived, but at least three of the companies involved say they expect to double or even triple the number they ship in the coming more

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