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MSNBC 3 Apr 2020

De Blasio: Not Enough Ventilators For Next Week

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses the crisis in his city's hospitals as a result of the coronavirus and he says the country right now isn't positioned to deal with the crisis. Mayor De Blasio says the city is headed into the hard part now. Aired on 4/3/2020.


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REVIVED IN THE FIELD SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
BE TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. JOINING US NOW, THE MAYOR OF NEW
JOINING US NOW, THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, BILL de BLASIO.
YORK CITY, BILL de BLASIO. MAYOR de BLASIO, THAT IS A
MAYOR de BLASIO, THAT IS A PRETTY EXTREME DECISION THAT HAS
PRETTY EXTREME DECISION THAT HAS TO BE MADE, GIVEN THE SHORTAGES
TO BE MADE, GIVEN THE SHORTAGES OF DOCTORS, FOR THE MOST PART.
OF DOCTORS, FOR THE MOST PART. I WANT TO START THERE.
I WANT TO START THERE. YOU’VE CALLED FOR A NATIONAL
YOU’VE CALLED FOR A NATIONAL ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL. FROM WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM THE
FROM WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM THE FRONT LINES, WE HAVE DOCTORS
FRONT LINES, WE HAVE DOCTORS THAT ARE IN CRISIS.
THAT ARE IN CRISIS. ALSO, A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS,
ALSO, A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, GIVEN THE FACT THAT THEIR FELLOW
GIVEN THE FACT THAT THEIR FELLOW DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE FALLING
DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE FALLING ILL, RIGHT BESIDE THEM.
ILL, RIGHT BESIDE THEM. ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH
ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH DOCTORS TO GET THROUGH THIS?
DOCTORS TO GET THROUGH THIS? >> MIKA, THE TRUTH IS, UNLESS
>> MIKA, THE TRUTH IS, UNLESS THERE IS A NATIONAL EFFORT TO
THERE IS A NATIONAL EFFORT TO ENLIST DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITAL
ENLIST DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITAL WORKERS OF ALL KIND, AND GET
WORKERS OF ALL KIND, AND GET THEM WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST
THEM WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST IN THE COUNTRY IN TIME, UNLESS
IN THE COUNTRY IN TIME, UNLESS THAT HAPPENS, I DON’T SEE,
THAT HAPPENS, I DON’T SEE, HONESTLY, HOW WE’RE GOING TO
HONESTLY, HOW WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE PROFESSIONALS WE NEED
HAVE THE PROFESSIONALS WE NEED TO GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS.
TO GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS. LOOK AT THE SKYROCKETING NUMBER
LOOK AT THE SKYROCKETING NUMBER OF CASES.
OF CASES. LOOK AT HOW MANY OF THESE
LOOK AT HOW MANY OF THESE PATIENTS NEED ICU CARE.
PATIENTS NEED ICU CARE. THAT TAKES A LOT OF MEDICAL
THAT TAKES A LOT OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
PERSONNEL. THAT TAKES VENTILATORS.
THAT TAKES VENTILATORS. THIS COUNTRY IS NOT, ACTUALLY
THIS COUNTRY IS NOT, ACTUALLY THIS MOMENT, THIS IS THE SAD
THIS MOMENT, THIS IS THE SAD TRUTH, MIKA, THIS COUNTRY IS NOT
TRUTH, MIKA, THIS COUNTRY IS NOT IN POSITION TO DEAL WITH THIS
IN POSITION TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS GOING FORWARD.
CRISIS GOING FORWARD. WHATEVER WE’VE SEEN UP TILL NOW,
WHATEVER WE’VE SEEN UP TILL NOW, I’M GUARANTEEING YOU THAT NEXT
I’M GUARANTEEING YOU THAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE A LOT
WEEK IS GOING TO BE A LOT TOUGHER.
TOUGHER. I SAY THAT WITH NO JOY.
I SAY THAT WITH NO JOY. I’M SAYING IT TO TRY TO JOLT OUR
I’M SAYING IT TO TRY TO JOLT OUR NATIONAL LEADERS INTO
NATIONAL LEADERS INTO UNDERSTANDING THAT NEXT WEEK IN
UNDERSTANDING THAT NEXT WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY IS GOING TO BE
NEW YORK CITY IS GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH.
VERY TOUGH. NEXT WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE, IN
NEXT WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE, IN DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, AND A LOT
DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, AND A LOT OF OTHER PLACES.
OF OTHER PLACES. UNLESS THE MILITARY IS FULLY
UNLESS THE MILITARY IS FULLY MOBILIZED, AND WE CREATE
MOBILIZED, AND WE CREATE SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER HAD
SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER HAD BEFORE, WHICH IS SOME KIND OF
BEFORE, WHICH IS SOME KIND OF NATIONAL ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL
NATIONAL ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL MOVED TO THE MOST
PERSONNEL MOVED TO THE MOST URGENT NEEDS IN THE COUNTRY
URGENT NEEDS IN THE COUNTRY CONSTANTLY, IF WE DON’T HAVE
CONSTANTLY, IF WE DON’T HAVE THAT, WE’RE GOING TO SEE A
THAT, WE’RE GOING TO SEE A HOSPITAL SIMPLY UNABLE TO HANDLE
HOSPITAL SIMPLY UNABLE TO HANDLE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO COULD BE
SO MANY PEOPLE WHO COULD BE SAVED.
SAVED. THIS IS WHAT GETS ME SO ANGRY.
THIS IS WHAT GETS ME SO ANGRY. I’VE BEEN TALKING TO THE LEADERS
I’VE BEEN TALKING TO THE LEADERS OF THIS NATION FOR WEEKS NOW,
OF THIS NATION FOR WEEKS NOW, SAYING WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF
SAYING WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
TIME. I THINK WE HAVE LITERALLY DAYS
I THINK WE HAVE LITERALLY DAYS TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT’S NEVER
TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT’S NEVER EXISTED BEFORE, FOR A CRISIS
EXISTED BEFORE, FOR A CRISIS THIS COUNTRY HAS NEVER SEEN
THIS COUNTRY HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
BEFORE. WE HAVE DAYS TO SET UP A
WE HAVE DAYS TO SET UP A STRUCTURE TO TRULY MOBILIZE THE
STRUCTURE TO TRULY MOBILIZE THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY OF THIS
MEDICAL COMMUNITY OF THIS NATION, TO TRULY MOBILIZE OUR
NATION, TO TRULY MOBILIZE OUR MILITARY.
MILITARY. IF THAT IS NOT DONE IN THE
IF THAT IS NOT DONE IN THE COMING DAYS, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE
COMING DAYS, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE DIE WHO DID NOT NEED TO
PEOPLE DIE WHO DID NOT NEED TO DIE.
DIE. NOT JUST IN NEW YORK BUT IN MANY
NOT JUST IN NEW YORK BUT IN MANY PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY.
PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY. >> SO WE’RE HEARING FROM DOCTORS
>> SO WE’RE HEARING FROM DOCTORS ON THE FRONT LINES, ESPECIALLY
ON THE FRONT LINES, ESPECIALLY FROM THE ERs, THAT THERE’S
FROM THE ERs, THAT THERE’S PEOPLE WAITING IN STRETCHERS UP
PEOPLE WAITING IN STRETCHERS UP TO FIVE HOURS.
TO FIVE HOURS. AND THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING
AND THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING UNNECESSARILY.
UNNECESSARILY. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT
WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT WHAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO LOOK
WHAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE, AND DO YOU NEED THE
LIKE, AND DO YOU NEED THE MILITARY TO STEP IN, AND HOW?
MILITARY TO STEP IN, AND HOW? >> MIKA, I HAVE ASKED REPEATEDLY
>> MIKA, I HAVE ASKED REPEATEDLY FOR THE MILITARY TO BE FULLY
FOR THE MILITARY TO BE FULLY MOBILIZED.
MOBILIZED. I’VE ASKED THE PRESIDENT.
I’VE ASKED THE PRESIDENT. I’VE SPOKEN TO THE DEFENSE
I’VE SPOKEN TO THE DEFENSE SECRETARY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
SECRETARY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF.
JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. I’VE SAID TO ALL OF THEM, JUST
I’VE SAID TO ALL OF THEM, JUST DO THE MATH.
DO THE MATH. THERE’S NO WAY THE CIVILIAN
THERE’S NO WAY THE CIVILIAN SECTOR ALONE CAN HANDLE THIS
SECTOR ALONE CAN HANDLE THIS CRISIS AT THIS POINT.
CRISIS AT THIS POINT. YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT HOSPITALS ARE
YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT HOSPITALS ARE BEING STRESSED IN WAYS THEY
BEING STRESSED IN WAYS THEY NEVER HAVE BEFORE.
NEVER HAVE BEFORE. WHAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO LOOK
WHAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE IS WE’RE GOING TO SEE A
LIKE IS WE’RE GOING TO SEE A SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES.
SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES. WE’RE GOING TO SEE, EASILY COULD
WE’RE GOING TO SEE, EASILY COULD BE AT THIS POINT, 5,000 OR MORE
BE AT THIS POINT, 5,000 OR MORE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY WHO NEED
PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY WHO NEED TO BE INTUBATED, WHO NEED TO BE
TO BE INTUBATED, WHO NEED TO BE IN ICUs WITH VENTILATORS.
IN ICUs WITH VENTILATORS. WE HAVE ENOUGH VENTILATORS JUST
WE HAVE ENOUGH VENTILATORS JUST TO GET TO SUNDAY/MONDAY.
TO GET TO SUNDAY/MONDAY. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH YET FOR
WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH YET FOR NEXT WEEK.
NEXT WEEK. WE CERTAINLY, WHEN IT COMES TO
WE CERTAINLY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE PERSONNEL, YOU CAN’T RUN AN
THE PERSONNEL, YOU CAN’T RUN AN ICU WITHOUT PEOPLE.
ICU WITHOUT PEOPLE. YOU CAN’T HAVE A VENTILATOR SAVE
YOU CAN’T HAVE A VENTILATOR SAVE A LIFE WITHOUT A DOCTOR OR A
A LIFE WITHOUT A DOCTOR OR A NURSE WHO IS THERE CONSTANTLY
NURSE WHO IS THERE CONSTANTLY MONITORING IT AND ADJUSTING IT.
MONITORING IT AND ADJUSTING IT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO
WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT FOR TOO MUCH LONGER, FOR
THAT FOR TOO MUCH LONGER, FOR EVERY SINGLE PATIENT, IF WE
EVERY SINGLE PATIENT, IF WE DON’T GET REINFORCEMENTS.
DON’T GET REINFORCEMENTS. I ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE, I ASKED
I ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE, I ASKED THE PENTAGON, TO SEND 1,000
THE PENTAGON, TO SEND 1,000 NURSES, 150 DOCTORS, 300
NURSES, 150 DOCTORS, 300 RESPIRATORY DOCTORS.
RESPIRATORY DOCTORS. I ASKED FOR IT BY SUNDAY.
I ASKED FOR IT BY SUNDAY. I PUT IN THE REQUEST MORE THAN
I PUT IN THE REQUEST MORE THAN TEN DAYS AGO.
TEN DAYS AGO. I TALKED TO FEMA AND HAVEN’T
I TALKED TO FEMA AND HAVEN’T GOTTEN A FIRM ANSWER TO THE
GOTTEN A FIRM ANSWER TO THE REQUEST.
REQUEST. I TOLD ALL OF THEM, LITERALLY,
I TOLD ALL OF THEM, LITERALLY, IT IS COMING DOWN DAY TO DAY.
IT IS COMING DOWN DAY TO DAY. SOMEHOW, IN WASHINGTON, THERE IS
SOMEHOW, IN WASHINGTON, THERE IS AN ASSUMPTION THAT THERE’S BEAKS
AN ASSUMPTION THAT THERE’S BEAKS S
S WEEKS TO PREPARE.
WEEKS TO PREPARE. IT’S NOT WEEKS ANYMORE.
IT’S NOT WEEKS ANYMORE. IT IS DAYS BEFORE NEW YORK AND
IT IS DAYS BEFORE NEW YORK AND OTHER PLACES ARE GOING TO RUN
OTHER PLACES ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF DOCTORS AND NURSES, RUN
OUT OF DOCTORS AND NURSES, RUN OUT OF EQUIPMENT.
OUT OF EQUIPMENT. WHY ON EARTH?
WHY ON EARTH? THIS COUNTRY IS ACTING LIKE,
THIS COUNTRY IS ACTING LIKE, SOMEHOW, WE’RE STILL IN
SOMEHOW, WE’RE STILL IN PEACETIME.
PEACETIME. THIS IS A WARMENT.
THIS IS A WARMENT. IT IS A VERY DIFFERENT ENEMY.
IT IS A VERY DIFFERENT ENEMY. IT’S AN ENEMY YOU CAN’T SEE, BUT
IT’S AN ENEMY YOU CAN’T SEE, BUT LOOK AT THE DEATH TOLL FOR GOD’S
LOOK AT THE DEATH TOLL FOR GOD’S SAKES.
SAKES. LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN
LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER.
DANGER. THIS IS JUST AS BAD AS IF A
THIS IS JUST AS BAD AS IF A FOREIGN INVADER HAD LANDED ON
FOREIGN INVADER HAD LANDED ON OUR SHORES.
OUR SHORES. YET, OUR MILITARY ARE AT THEIR
YET, OUR MILITARY ARE AT THEIR BASES.
BASES. I KNOW THEY DON’T WANT TO BE,
I KNOW THEY DON’T WANT TO BE, BUT THEY ARE STILL.
BUT THEY ARE STILL. IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.
IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. >> MAYOR de BLASIO, WHAT COULD
>> MAYOR de BLASIO, WHAT COULD THE MILITARY DO SPECIFICALLY
THE MILITARY DO SPECIFICALLY THAT THE CIVILIAN FORCE RIGHT
THAT THE CIVILIAN FORCE RIGHT NOW CANNOT ACCOMMODATE?
NOW CANNOT ACCOMMODATE? PRESIDENT TRUMP WATCHES.
PRESIDENT TRUMP WATCHES. HE RESPONDS IN HIS TWEETS THAT
HE RESPONDS IN HIS TWEETS THAT SHOWS HE IS WATCHING.
SHOWS HE IS WATCHING. SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE IT BE.
SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE IT BE. WHAT COULD HE DO TO HELP NEW
WHAT COULD HE DO TO HELP NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW?
YORK CITY RIGHT NOW? >> MIKA, HERE’S WHAT I’D SAY TO
>> MIKA, HERE’S WHAT I’D SAY TO THE PRESIDENT.
THE PRESIDENT. THE MILITARY HAS WELL OVER
THE MILITARY HAS WELL OVER 10,000 DOCTORS, FROM MY
10,000 DOCTORS, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING.
UNDERSTANDING. THE MILITARY HAS DOCTORS AND
THE MILITARY HAS DOCTORS AND NURSES NOT ONLY ON REGULAR DUTY
NURSES NOT ONLY ON REGULAR DUTY BUT IN THE RESERVES.
BUT IN THE RESERVES. A LOT OF THOSE DOCTORS AND
A LOT OF THOSE DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE IN PLACES WHERE
NURSES ARE IN PLACES WHERE THEY’RE DOING IMPORTANT WORK,
THEY’RE DOING IMPORTANT WORK, BUT NOT THE SAME AS FIGHTING AT
BUT NOT THE SAME AS FIGHTING AT THE FRONT TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF
THE FRONT TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES.
LIVES. ALL OF THEM SHOULD BE MOBILIZED
ALL OF THEM SHOULD BE MOBILIZED IMMEDIATELY.
IMMEDIATELY. THE MILITARY HAS THE FINEST
THE MILITARY HAS THE FINEST LOGISTICAL AND OPERATIONAL KPAS
LOGISTICAL AND OPERATIONAL KPAS CAPACITY OF ANY ORGANIZATION ON
CAPACITY OF ANY ORGANIZATION ON EARTH.
EARTH. OUR MILITARY.
OUR MILITARY. THEY SHOULD BE ORGANIZING A
THEY SHOULD BE ORGANIZING A CIVILIAN ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL
CIVILIAN ENLISTMENT OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
PERSONNEL. IF YOU THINK ABOUT A DOCTOR
IF YOU THINK ABOUT A DOCTOR SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA’S
SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND, WHO RIGHT NOW IS
HEARTLAND, WHO RIGHT NOW IS GOING ABOUT BUSINESS AS USUAL,
GOING ABOUT BUSINESS AS USUAL, DOING GOOD WORK, BUT WE NEED
DOING GOOD WORK, BUT WE NEED THAT DOCTOR AT THE FRONT, WHERE
THAT DOCTOR AT THE FRONT, WHERE THEY COULD BE SAVING LIVES.
THEY COULD BE SAVING LIVES. WE’RE GOING TO LOSE LIVES THAT
WE’RE GOING TO LOSE LIVES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED.
COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. SO WE NEED THE MILITARY, WITH
SO WE NEED THE MILITARY, WITH THEIR INCREDIBLE LOGISTICAL AND
THEIR INCREDIBLE LOGISTICAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY, COMMAND
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY, COMMAND AND CONTROL ABILITY, TO LOOK AT
AND CONTROL ABILITY, TO LOOK AT THIS ENTIRE NATION AND SAY,
THIS ENTIRE NATION AND SAY, OKAY, HERE ARE THE PLACES WE
OKAY, HERE ARE THE PLACES WE MUST SURGE MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
MUST SURGE MEDICAL PERSONNEL. USE AS MUCH OF THEIR MEDICAL
USE AS MUCH OF THEIR MEDICAL PERSONNEL AS POSSIBLE, AND BRING
PERSONNEL AS POSSIBLE, AND BRING IN A CIVILIAN ENLISTED PROGRAM.
IN A CIVILIAN ENLISTED PROGRAM. THEY COULD GET A DOCTOR WHO,
THEY COULD GET A DOCTOR WHO, RIGHT NOW, IS DOING GOOD WORK,
RIGHT NOW, IS DOING GOOD WORK, YOU KNOW, IN IOWA OR UTAH.
YOU KNOW, IN IOWA OR UTAH. THEY COULD HAVE THEM IN NEW YORK
THEY COULD HAVE THEM IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE FRONT IN HOURS.
CITY AT THE FRONT IN HOURS. THAT’S HOW GOOD OUR MILITARY
THAT’S HOW GOOD OUR MILITARY ARE.
ARE. BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN
BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THATrd ORDER, AND TIME IS RUNNIN
THATrd ORDER, AND TIME IS RUNNIN OUT.
OUT. IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE ORDER, WE
IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE ORDER, WE COULD CREATE SOMETHING IN OUR
COULD CREATE SOMETHING IN OUR TIME THAT COULD RIVAL THE
TIME THAT COULD RIVAL THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF THAT GREATEST
INCREDIBLE WORK OF THAT GREATEST GENERATION OF WORLD WAR II,
GENERATION OF WORLD WAR II, WHERE THEY CREATED, FROM
WHERE THEY CREATED, FROM NOTHING.
NOTHING. REMEMBER?
REMEMBER? OUR MILITARY WAS ALMOST
OUR MILITARY WAS ALMOST NON-EXISTENT AT THE TIME OF
NON-EXISTENT AT THE TIME OF PEARL HARBOR.
PEARL HARBOR. IT HAD TO BE CREATED ALMOST FROM
IT HAD TO BE CREATED ALMOST FROM SCRATCH TO FIGHT WORLD WAR II.
SCRATCH TO FIGHT WORLD WAR II. OUR NATION DID THAT.
OUR NATION DID THAT. WE HAVE TO CREATE SOMETHING
WE HAVE TO CREATE SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER HAD BEFORE.
WE’VE NEVER HAD BEFORE. WE HAVE TO CREATE THE ABILITY TO
WE HAVE TO CREATE THE ABILITY TO TAKE THE INCREDIBLE MEDICAL
TAKE THE INCREDIBLE MEDICAL TALENT AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND
TALENT AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND PUT IT ON A WAR FOOTING, PUT OUR
PUT IT ON A WAR FOOTING, PUT OUR MILITARY ON WAR FOOTING.
MILITARY ON WAR FOOTING. GET THE RESOURCES TO THE FRONT,
GET THE RESOURCES TO THE FRONT, AND THEN MOVE THEM, MIKA, THE
AND THEN MOVE THEM, MIKA, THE SECOND NEW YORK CITY TURNS THE
SECOND NEW YORK CITY TURNS THE CORNER.
CORNER. MOVE THEM.
MOVE THEM. TAKE THE DOCTORS AND VENTILATORS
TAKE THE DOCTORS AND VENTILATORS WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED NEXT.
WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED NEXT. NOTHING LIKE THAT IS BEING DONE,
NOTHING LIKE THAT IS BEING DONE, MIKA.
MIKA. IT’S THE BLUNT TRUTH.
IT’S THE BLUNT TRUTH. I HAD THE CONVERSATION, WITH ALL
I HAD THE CONVERSATION, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, TO THE PRESIDENT
DUE RESPECT, TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE LEADERS OF THE NATION.
AND THE LEADERS OF THE NATION. I WARNED THEM WHERE THIS IS
I WARNED THEM WHERE THIS IS GOING.
GOING. I’VE HAD THE CONVERSATION
I’VE HAD THE CONVERSATION REPEATEDLY, AND NO SUCH ORDER
REPEATEDLY, AND NO SUCH ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN.
HAS BEEN GIVEN. >> MAYOR de BLASIO, IT IS WILLIE
>> MAYOR de BLASIO, IT IS WILLIE GEIST.
GEIST. I WANT TO ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
I WANT TO ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW
ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW YORK.
YORK. YOU, YESTERDAY, RECOMMENDED THAT
YOU, YESTERDAY, RECOMMENDED THAT NEW YORKERS, WHEN THEY GO
NEW YORKERS, WHEN THEY GO OUTSIDE, WEAR SOME KIND OF A
OUTSIDE, WEAR SOME KIND OF A FACE COVERING OVER THEIR NOSE
FACE COVERING OVER THEIR NOSE AND MOUTH.
AND MOUTH. WHAT WAS THE MEDICAL BASIS?
WHAT WAS THE MEDICAL BASIS? WHAT INFORMATION DID YOU GET TO
WHAT INFORMATION DID YOU GET TO MAKE THAT PUBLIC RECOMMENDATION
MAKE THAT PUBLIC RECOMMENDATION YESTERDAY?
YESTERDAY? >> WILLIE, SIMPLY A SET OF
>> WILLIE, SIMPLY A SET OF STUDIES THAT COME IN, JUST IN
STUDIES THAT COME IN, JUST IN THE LAST FEW DAYS.
THE LAST FEW DAYS. MOST ESPECIALLY WAS ONE FROM
MOST ESPECIALLY WAS ONE FROM SINGAPORE, WHICH WAS A PLACE
SINGAPORE, WHICH WAS A PLACE THAT HANDLED THIS CRISIS WELL.
THAT HANDLED THIS CRISIS WELL. FOR THE FIRST TIME, OUR MEDICAL
FOR THE FIRST TIME, OUR MEDICAL LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE CITY
LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE CITY INCREASINGLY SEES EVIDENCE THAT
INCREASINGLY SEES EVIDENCE THAT THERE COULD BE THAT ASYMPTOMATIC
THERE COULD BE THAT ASYMPTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.
TRANSMISSION. THERE’S NOT BEEN REAL EVIDENCE,
THERE’S NOT BEEN REAL EVIDENCE, IN THEIR VIEW, OF THAT BEFORE.
IN THEIR VIEW, OF THAT BEFORE. SO THIS IS IN AN ABUNDANCE OF
SO THIS IS IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION MOVE.
CAUTION MOVE. COULD BE A SCARF, BANDANA,
COULD BE A SCARF, BANDANA, ANYTHING.
ANYTHING. PEOPLE ARE THINKING, WELL, THIS
PEOPLE ARE THINKING, WELL, THIS MEANS I PERSONALLY CAN’T
MEANS I PERSONALLY CAN’T CONTRACT THIS DID.
CONTRACT THIS DID. THAT’S NOT THE IDEA.
THAT’S NOT THE IDEA. THE IDEA IS TO HELP MAKE SURE
THE IDEA IS TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF US DON’T
THAT ALL OF US DON’T ACCIDENTALLY SPREAD IT TO
ACCIDENTALLY SPREAD IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
SOMEONE ELSE. BECAUSE WE MIGHT HAVE IT, BE
BECAUSE WE MIGHT HAVE IT, BE ASYMPTOMATIC, AND NOT EVEN KNOW.
ASYMPTOMATIC, AND NOT EVEN KNOW. THIS IS AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION
THIS IS AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION MOVE, TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE
MOVE, TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE NOT SPREADING IT TO OTHER
NOT SPREADING IT TO OTHER PEOPLE.
PEOPLE. IT’S ONLY PERTINENT WHEN YOU
IT’S ONLY PERTINENT WHEN YOU MIGHT BE CLOSE TO PEOPLE.
MIGHT BE CLOSE TO PEOPLE. IF YOU’RE SOCIALLY DISTANCED,
IF YOU’RE SOCIALLY DISTANCED, YOU DON’T NEED IT.
YOU DON’T NEED IT. IF YOU’RE AMONG THE PEOPLE YOU
IF YOU’RE AMONG THE PEOPLE YOU LIVE UNDER THE SAME ROOF WITH,
LIVE UNDER THE SAME ROOF WITH, YOU DON’T NEED IT.
YOU DON’T NEED IT. IF YOU’RE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY,
IF YOU’RE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, YOU MAY USE IT.
YOU MAY USE IT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN TAKE THE
THIS DOES NOT MEAN TAKE THE SUSHLG
SUSHLG SURGICAL MASKS OR N-95 MASKS
SURGICAL MASKS OR N-95 MASKS AWAY FROM THE HEALTH CARE.
AWAY FROM THE HEALTH CARE. THAT’S SACRED.
THAT’S SACRED. THEY ARE PROTECTING ALL OF US.
THEY ARE PROTECTING ALL OF US. ANYONE CAN MAKE A COVERING AT
ANYONE CAN MAKE A COVERING AT HOME, SCARF, BANDANA, ANYTHING
HOME, SCARF, BANDANA, ANYTHING LIKE THAT WILL DO.
LIKE THAT WILL DO. >> WE’RE EXPECTING THE WHITE
>> WE’RE EXPECTING THE WHITE HOUSE TO MAKE A SIMILAR
HOUSE TO MAKE A SIMILAR RECOMMENDATION TODAY.
RECOMMENDATION TODAY. THE USNS COMFORT SAILED INTO NEW
THE USNS COMFORT SAILED INTO NEW YORK HARBOR AND UP THE HUDSON
YORK HARBOR AND UP THE HUDSON RIVER A COUPLE DAYS AGO, PAST
RIVER A COUPLE DAYS AGO, PAST THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE RELIEF
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE RELIEF TO THE HOSPITALS, TO TAKE
TO THE HOSPITALS, TO TAKE NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS AND
NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS AND PROVIDE 1,000 HOSPITAL BEDS.
PROVIDE 1,000 HOSPITAL BEDS. WE LEARNED YESTERDAY, SO FAR,
WE LEARNED YESTERDAY, SO FAR, ONLY 20 PATIENTS ABOARD THAT
ONLY 20 PATIENTS ABOARD THAT SHIP.
SHIP. WHY IS THAT NUMBER SO LOW?
WHY IS THAT NUMBER SO LOW? DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE THAT PICK
DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE THAT PICK UP SOON?
UP SOON? >> YEAH.
>> YEAH. I’VE TALKED TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN
I’VE TALKED TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE NAVY.
THE NAVY. I DON’T HAVE A NUMBER IN MY MIND
I DON’T HAVE A NUMBER IN MY MIND THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO CHANGE
THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY.
VERY RAPIDLY. THE USNS COMFORT WAS AN
THE USNS COMFORT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY -- THE APPEARANCE,
EXTRAORDINARY -- THE APPEARANCE, THE ARRIVAL MEANT SO MUCH TO NEW
THE ARRIVAL MEANT SO MUCH TO NEW YORKERS.
YORKERS. IT WAS LIKE THE GREATEST SIGN OF
IT WAS LIKE THE GREATEST SIGN OF HOPE WE’D RECEIVED IN WEEKS.
HOPE WE’D RECEIVED IN WEEKS. I’M SURE THAT SHIP WILL BE VERY
I’M SURE THAT SHIP WILL BE VERY FULL SOON.
FULL SOON. THEY HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT THE
THEY HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT THE CASES THEY TAKE AND CREATE A
CASES THEY TAKE AND CREATE A PROTOCOL THAT’S GOING TO WORK.
PROTOCOL THAT’S GOING TO WORK. IT IS GOING TO GET VERY BUSY,
IT IS GOING TO GET VERY BUSY, VERY QUICKLY, NEXT WEEK.
VERY QUICKLY, NEXT WEEK. SO I’M CONVINCED THAT, OVER THE
SO I’M CONVINCED THAT, OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THEY’LL BE
NEXT FEW DAYS, THEY’LL BE PREPARED AND THEY’LL BE FILLING
PREPARED AND THEY’LL BE FILLING UP.
UP. NEXT WEEK IS WHAT WORRIES ME.
NEXT WEEK IS WHAT WORRIES ME. THAT’S WHEN THINGS REALLY JUMP
THAT’S WHEN THINGS REALLY JUMP OFF.
OFF. WE’RE GOING TO NEED THE COMFORT,
WE’RE GOING TO NEED THE COMFORT, AND EVERY OTHER PLACE IN THE
AND EVERY OTHER PLACE IN THE CITY THAT WE CAN GET HOSPITAL
CITY THAT WE CAN GET HOSPITAL BEDS UP AND RUNNING.
BEDS UP AND RUNNING. WE’RE EXPECTING A HUGE SURGE
WE’RE EXPECTING A HUGE SURGE JUST IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
JUST IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. >> ALSO, THE JACOB JAVITS
>> ALSO, THE JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER PROVIDING AN
CONVENTION CENTER PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL 2,500 BEDS TO PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL 2,500 BEDS TO PROVIDE RELIEF, AS WELL.
RELIEF, AS WELL. WE’VE HAD YOU ON A BUNCH THE
WE’VE HAD YOU ON A BUNCH THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS, MAYOR de
LAST COUPLE MONTHS, MAYOR de BLASIO, TALKING ABOUT THIS.
BLASIO, TALKING ABOUT THIS. YOU’VE BEEN GRACIOUS TO COME ON
YOU’VE BEEN GRACIOUS TO COME ON A BUNCH AND UPDATE US AND THE
A BUNCH AND UPDATE US AND THE COUNTRY ABOUT THE STATE OF THE
COUNTRY ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PROBLEM.
PROBLEM. OBVIOUSLY, THE SET OF FACTS WE
OBVIOUSLY, THE SET OF FACTS WE HAVE TODAY ARE A LOT DIFFERENT
HAVE TODAY ARE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN THEY WERE TWO MONTHS AGO.
THAN THEY WERE TWO MONTHS AGO. BUT YOU TRY TO CALM PEOPLE ON
BUT YOU TRY TO CALM PEOPLE ON THESE MORNING INTERVIEWS, WHERE
THESE MORNING INTERVIEWS, WHERE YOU’D SAY, I’M NOT GOING TO
YOU’D SAY, I’M NOT GOING TO CLOSE THE SCHOOLS.
CLOSE THE SCHOOLS. I’M NOT GOING TO CLOSE THE
I’M NOT GOING TO CLOSE THE PLAYGROUNDS.
PLAYGROUNDS. I THINK YOU CAN STILL GO OUT AND
I THINK YOU CAN STILL GO OUT AND LIVE YOUR LIVES.
LIVE YOUR LIVES. KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW, DO
KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW, DO YOU WISH YOU’D CLOSED THE
YOU WISH YOU’D CLOSED THE SCHOOLS EARLIER?
SCHOOLS EARLIER? DO YOU WISH YOU’D CLOSED THE
DO YOU WISH YOU’D CLOSED THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS A LITTLE
RESTAURANTS AND BARS A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, JUST TO STOP THE
BIT EARLIER, JUST TO STOP THE SPREAD AND MAYBE SAVE SOME
SPREAD AND MAYBE SAVE SOME LIVES?
LIVES? >> YOU KNOW, WILLIE, WE’RE ALL
>> YOU KNOW, WILLIE, WE’RE ALL TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF
TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER DEALT WITH
SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER DEALT WITH BEFORE.
BEFORE. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
EVERY SINGLE DAY. LOOK, THIS CITY, I GAVE THE
LOOK, THIS CITY, I GAVE THE ORDER TO CLOSE THE RESTAURANTS
ORDER TO CLOSE THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS.
AND BARS. OBVIOUSLY, THAT WAS -- WE WERE
OBVIOUSLY, THAT WAS -- WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES TO DO
ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES TO DO IT.
IT. I CALLED FOR SHELTER IN PLACE
I CALLED FOR SHELTER IN PLACE RIGHT AFTER SAN FRANCISCO DID
RIGHT AFTER SAN FRANCISCO DID IT.
IT. I GIVE THEM GREAT CREDIT.
I GIVE THEM GREAT CREDIT. MAYOR BRIE DID SOMETHING
MAYOR BRIE DID SOMETHING IMPORTANT THERE.
IMPORTANT THERE. I CALLED FOR IT IMMEDIATELY
I CALLED FOR IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER.
AFTER. WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES
WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES IN THE COUNTRY TO DO THAT.
IN THE COUNTRY TO DO THAT. THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE
THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, DID
QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, DID WE GET ALL THE INFORMATION WE
WE GET ALL THE INFORMATION WE NEEDED?
NEEDED? DID WE ACT ON IT?
DID WE ACT ON IT? I DID MY BEST.
I DID MY BEST. I THINK ALL DECISION-MAKERS ARE
I THINK ALL DECISION-MAKERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST.
DOING THEIR BEST. THIS ISN’T THE ISSUE NOW.
THIS ISN’T THE ISSUE NOW. THE ISSUE IS WE’RE ABOUT TO GO
THE ISSUE IS WE’RE ABOUT TO GO INTO THE HARD PART, AND THIS IS
INTO THE HARD PART, AND THIS IS WHERE WE REALLY HAVE THE
WHERE WE REALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES.
OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, WILLIE,
THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, WILLIE, AND I’VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION
AND I’VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP.
WITH OUR HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP. THEY CAN PROJECT, RIGHT NOW, THE
THEY CAN PROJECT, RIGHT NOW, THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT WE’RE
NUMBER OF CASES THAT WE’RE EXPECTING NEXT WEEK.
EXPECTING NEXT WEEK. THEY COULD PROJECT, RIGHT NOW,
THEY COULD PROJECT, RIGHT NOW, HOW MANY VENTILATORS WE NEED,
HOW MANY VENTILATORS WE NEED, HOW MANY DOCTORS, HOW MANY
HOW MANY DOCTORS, HOW MANY NURSES.
NURSES. AND WE KNOW WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF
AND WE KNOW WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF THAT FOR NEXT WEEK, DESPITE
THAT FOR NEXT WEEK, DESPITE CONSTANT PLEAS TO WASHINGTON.
CONSTANT PLEAS TO WASHINGTON. EVERYONE KNOWS WE’RE THE
EVERYONE KNOWS WE’RE THE EPICENTER.
EPICENTER. QUARTER OF THE CASES IN THE
QUARTER OF THE CASES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
ENTIRE COUNTRY. SO, WILLIE, I’M OBSESSED.
SO, WILLIE, I’M OBSESSED. I HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE
I HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AND ALL THE
PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AND ALL THE TOP LEADERSHIP OF HIS
TOP LEADERSHIP OF HIS ADMINISTRATION.
ADMINISTRATION. I’M OBSESSED WITH GETTING US
I’M OBSESSED WITH GETTING US THROUGH NEXT WEEK AND SAVING
THROUGH NEXT WEEK AND SAVING EVERY LIFE, EVERY LIFE WE CAN
EVERY LIFE, EVERY LIFE WE CAN SAVE.
SAVE. AND I WANT OUR NATIONAL
AND I WANT OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO SEE IT THAT WAY.
GOVERNMENT TO SEE IT THAT WAY. TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE
TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE LIVES, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL
LIVES, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE ALIVE AND WILL LIVE FULL
BE ALIVE AND WILL LIVE FULL LIVES IF WE ACT NOW.
LIVES IF WE ACT NOW. IF WE DON’T, FIRST, IT WILL BE
IF WE DON’T, FIRST, IT WILL BE HUNDREDS, WILLIE, THEN IT’LL BE
HUNDREDS, WILLIE, THEN IT’LL BE THOUSANDS WHO WILL LOSE.
THOUSANDS WHO WILL LOSE. AMERICANS WILL LOSE WHO DID NOT
AMERICANS WILL LOSE WHO DID NOT NEED TO DIE.
NEED TO DIE. THAT’S HOW URGENT IT IS.
THAT’S HOW URGENT IT IS. THAT’S WHERE ALL OUR FOCUS
THAT’S WHERE ALL OUR FOCUS SHOULD BE RIGHT NOW AS A
SHOULD BE RIGHT NOW AS A NATIONAL.
NATIONAL. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, WHEN THIS
WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, WHEN THIS CRISIS IS OVER, AND THANK GOD WE
CRISIS IS OVER, AND THANK GOD WE KNOW IT, THE DAY WILL COME WHEN
KNOW IT, THE DAY WILL COME WHEN THIS IS OVER, THEN WE CAN FIGURE
THIS IS OVER, THEN WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN FROM
OUT WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN FROM IT.
IT. BUT RIGHT NOW, HOW COULD WE NOT
BUT RIGHT NOW, HOW COULD WE NOT BE ON A WAR FOOTING?
BE ON A WAR FOOTING? YOU CAN FEEL IT.
YOU CAN FEEL IT. THE NATION IS NOT ON A WAR
THE NATION IS NOT ON A WAR FOOTING AND, YET, WE’RE FIGHTING
FOOTING AND, YET, WE’RE FIGHTING A WAR.
A WAR. >> WELL, LET’S TRY AND MESSAGE
>> WELL, LET’S TRY AND MESSAGE SOME FACTS TO OUR LEADERS HERE.
SOME FACTS TO OUR LEADERS HERE. LET’S TALK, MAYOR de BLASIO, AS
LET’S TALK, MAYOR de BLASIO, AS TOUGH AS IT IS, ABOUT THE RATE
TOUGH AS IT IS, ABOUT THE RATE OF DEATHS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND
OF DEATHS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND ACCOMMODATING THE BODIES.
ACCOMMODATING THE BODIES. THE GOVERNMENT PUT IN AN ORDER
THE GOVERNMENT PUT IN AN ORDER FOR 100,000 BODY BAGS.
FOR 100,000 BODY BAGS. WHAT IS THE RATE OF DEATH RIGHT
WHAT IS THE RATE OF DEATH RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY?
NOW IN NEW YORK CITY? WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IT TO BE NEXT
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IT TO BE NEXT WEEK?
WEEK? WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?
WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? AND ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE
AND ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT?
THAT? >> MIKA, I THINK IT IS SO
>> MIKA, I THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR THE
IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR THE TRUTH.
TRUTH. YOU HAVE DOCTORS, NURSES,
YOU HAVE DOCTORS, NURSES, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS,
FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, EMTs, PARAMEDICS, ALL DOING
EMTs, PARAMEDICS, ALL DOING THEIR JOB IN A HEROIC FASHION.
THEIR JOB IN A HEROIC FASHION. THEY ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE EVERY
THEY ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE EVERY LIFE.
LIFE. I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN THEM.
I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN THEM. WHAT I DON’T HAVE FAITH IN IS
WHAT I DON’T HAVE FAITH IN IS THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE
THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED, CERTAINLY,
EQUIPMENT THEY NEED, CERTAINLY, ESPECIALLY THE VENTILATORS, AND
ESPECIALLY THE VENTILATORS, AND THEY’LL HAVE THE REINFORCEMENTS
THEY’LL HAVE THE REINFORCEMENTS THEY NEED.
THEY NEED. HERE’S THE PROBLEM, SO MANY OF
HERE’S THE PROBLEM, SO MANY OF OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND
OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPOND E THEY’VE GOTTEN
FIRST RESPOND E THEY’VE GOTTEN SICK THEMSELVES.
SICK THEMSELVES. MOST OF THEM COME BACK AFTER
MOST OF THEM COME BACK AFTER SEVEN DAYS, TEN DAYS.
SEVEN DAYS, TEN DAYS. BUT WE’VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE,
BUT WE’VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE, WE’RE NOT EVEN -- WE DON’T HAVE
WE’RE NOT EVEN -- WE DON’T HAVE OUR FULL COMPLEMENT WE’D
OUR FULL COMPLEMENT WE’D NORMALLY HAVE OF THESE CRUCIAL,
NORMALLY HAVE OF THESE CRUCIAL, CRUCIAL, THESE LIFE-SAVING FOLKS
CRUCIAL, THESE LIFE-SAVING FOLKS BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM GOT SICK
BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM GOT SICK THEMSELVES.
THEMSELVES. ON TOP OF THAT, THE DEMAND KEEPS
ON TOP OF THAT, THE DEMAND KEEPS SURGING.
SURGING. THAT’S WHY WE NEED THOSE
THAT’S WHY WE NEED THOSE REINFORCEMENTS.
REINFORCEMENTS. NOW, MIKA, AGAIN, I SAY TO THE
NOW, MIKA, AGAIN, I SAY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I SAY TO THE PENTAGON OVER A
I SAY TO THE PENTAGON OVER A WEEK AGO, 1,000 NURSES, 150
WEEK AGO, 1,000 NURSES, 150 DOCTORS, 300 RESPIRATORY
DOCTORS, 300 RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS, FOR THE NATION’S
THERAPISTS, FOR THE NATION’S LARGEST CITY.
LARGEST CITY. 8.6 MILLION PEOPLE.
8.6 MILLION PEOPLE. YOU’D THINK IN A COUNTRY THIS
YOU’D THINK IN A COUNTRY THIS BIG, THIS STRONG, THAT WOULD BE
BIG, THIS STRONG, THAT WOULD BE AN EASY REQUEST TO FILL.
AN EASY REQUEST TO FILL. I’M STILL WAITING.
I’M STILL WAITING. SO THOSE REINFORCEMENTS HAVE TO
SO THOSE REINFORCEMENTS HAVE TO COME OR OUR HEALTH CARE
COME OR OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WILL JUST BE
PROFESSIONALS WILL JUST BE SWAMPED.
SWAMPED. 1,500 DEATHS ALREADY, AND WE
1,500 DEATHS ALREADY, AND WE HAVE NOT EVEN GOTTEN TO THE HARD
HAVE NOT EVEN GOTTEN TO THE HARD PART OF THIS.
PART OF THIS. >> MAYOR BILL de BLASIO, THANK
>> MAYOR BILL de BLASIO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
YOU VERY MUCH. RE

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