On Thursday, the 2nd of April 2020, the US President Donald Trump had invoked the Defence Production Act in a bid to enforce six companies to build ventilators, as the world’s No. 1 economy had been vying to vent out a way to cope up with the growing demands of medical equipment to weather the pandemic.
As a matter of fact, the Defence Production Act of 1950 became a federal law back in the 8th of September, 1950, as a response to the Korean war, and the law was invoked more than 50 times to date and all of them had mostly been linked to the Cold War the technological innovation in the 80s.
Besides, according to a memo issued by the White House on Thursday (April 2nd), the US President Donald Trump had ordered the US Health and Human Services Secretary to capitalize on his authoritative power to enforce six US companies to manufacture ventilators such as General Electric Co., Medtronic Plc., Royal Philips NV, Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., Resmed Inc.
and the Vyaire Medical Inc. Aside from that, alongside the memo, the US President Donald Trump, who last week had invoked the emergency power to enforce General Motors to manufacture ventilators, said in a short statement on Thursday (April 2nd), “I am grateful to these and other domestic manufacturers for ramping up their production of ventilators during this difficult time.
Today’s order will save lives by removing obstacles in the supply chain that threaten the rapid production of ventilators. ”