The Detroit News
quoted McGuireWoods healthcare counsel
Julie Letwat in a
March 19, 2020, story that explored the possibility of U.S. automakers producing medical
ventilators at their plants to help manage the
While the crisis has led to unprecedented demand for the devices, Letwat
explained that many hospitals have been holding off on ordering additional
ventilators because of the cost of the equipment.
“It’s not something the hospitals have the finances to order as this is a
short-term need for them,” said Letwat, a member of the firm’s
COVID-19 Response Team. “The orders that are coming in are not coming from the United States.
That could change.”
Letwat previously addressed the issue of ventilator shortages in a March 18
The Washington Post.