The United States has disposed of dozens of ventilators that Russia has sent as “humanitarian aid” to fight the coronavirus, a spokesman for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told BuzzFeed. Kevin Rothrock, editor-in-chief of the international version of Meduza, on The Naked Pravda podcast contacted the author of the article , BuzzFeed journalist Chris Miller, and learned that the ventilators had been disposed of back in July this year.All episodesSubscribe
From Russia With Junk: Why the US Trashed the Ventilators Shipped From Moscow00:0019:33
Russia sent 45 Aventa-M ventilators in April 2020, but they have never been used in American clinics. BuzzFeed named two main reasons why the US refused to use Russian technology. Firstly, in the spring in hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg, there were two fires, which were associated with short circuits in the Aventa-M devices. Secondly, the equipment could not be used due to a different calculated voltage level: the devices needed adapters that were not available in American clinics. The Aventa-M devices are manufactured by the Radioelectronic Technologies concern, which is under US sanctions.
Kevin Rothrock asks BuzzFeed correspondent Chris Miller for the details of the story.