Russia suspended the use of some domestically-produced medical ventilators on May 13 while an investigation into the Aventa-M machines was ongoing.
The Ministry for Health confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that the government brokered an agreement, through the Department of Contracts, to purchase 22 ITU Ventilators from a well-known Chinese firm. The government has also bought a number of ventilators from renowned companies in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.
Steward Health Care Malta acquired10 full capability GE ventilators as part of their COVID-19 preparedness at the Gozo General Hospital. In a statement, Steward Healthcare said that this was made possible through the assistance of the Steward US supply chain.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said it was in talks with China and others to help ramp up supplies of health equipment, while General Motors and Ford Motor said they were in talks with White House officials.