On Tuesday, Cuomo laughed in disbelief during a press conference while he criticized the federal government for not having Federal Emergency Management Agency buy ventilators from private companies and then distribute them to states.
“You have 50 states competing to buy the same item. We all wind up bidding up each other and competing against each other where you now literally will have a company call you up and say, ‘Well, California just outbid you,’ ” Cuomo said. “It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator.”
Elsewhere, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California received 170 broken ventilators and Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker claimed the state received surgical masks instead of the 300,000 N95 masks used for personal protective equipment, as requested.
The White House did not respond for comment about the errors.
Instead, Newsom said California decided to handle fixing the issues without the federal government’s help, “rather than pointing fingers.”
“We had those 170 brought here to this facility at 8 a.m. this morning, and they are quite literally working on those ventilators right now,” Newsom said Saturday, speaking from a local energy company’s facility that was fixing the ventilators. He added soon after, “That’s the spirit of California. That’s the spirit of this moment. Take responsibility, take ownership and take it upon ourselves to meet this moment head on.”
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