Dutch Parliament to launch talks with manufacturer Philips regarding ventilators for Netherlands, low-income countries

On September 2, 2020, the Dutch Parliament voted to engage with Dutch medical electronics giant Philips to address ventilator shortages in the Netherlands and to examine how these devices could be made available in low-income countries.

Philips has a surplus of almost 30,000 ventilators due to the premature termination of a contract with the United States. Jesse Klaver, leader of the Dutch green-left party (Groen Links) and one of the members of parliament who proposed the motion said during the debate that the COVID1- crisis "called for global solidarity and if there are additional ventilators the company could give them away to developing countries in need.”

News article – Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch)

Press release – Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)