kilativ (kilativ) wrote,


Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded as one of the medical system’s crucial vulnerabilities: a shortage of ventilators.
The breathing-assistance machines tended to be bulky, expensive and limited in number. The plan was to build a large fleet of inexpensive portable devices to deploy in a flu pandemic or another crisis.
Money was budgeted. A federal contract was signed. Work got underway.
And then things suddenly veered off course. A multibillion-dollar maker of medical devices bought the small California company that had been hired to design the new machines. The project ultimately produced zero ventilators.
That failure delayed the development of an affordable ventilator by at least half a decade, depriving hospitals, states and the federal government of the ability to stock up. The federal government started over with another company in 2014, whose ventilator was approved only last year and whose products have not yet been delivered.
The stalled efforts to create a new class of cheap, easy-to-use ventilators highlight the perils of outsourcing projects with critical public-health implications to private companies; their focus on maximizing profits is not always consistent with the government’s goal of preparing for a future crisis.

Как работает капитализм в современном мире. 13 лет назад медики в правительстве решили сделать для страны кучу машин ИВЛ за разумные деньги, предвидя нехватку в будущем. Существующих машин ИВЛ было мало, они были громоздкими и очень дорогими. Правительство выделило деньги, наняла небольшую компанию в Калифорнии, которую купила огромная мультимиллиардная корпорация, которая проект похоронила. Федералы опять попробовали сделать машины ИВЛ 6 лет назад, но просто не успели. А почему? Потому что для большой корпорации выгоднее убить конкурента, который снизил цену на продукт в 3 раза, чем позволить государству подготовиться к пандемии. Бизнес, ничего личного
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