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Russian ventilators sent to US held after St Petersburg hospital fires


A view of St George’s Municipal Hospital after a fire, five patients dead on ventilator support in the intensive care unit. The hospital was one of the first in St Petersburg to be repurposed as a medical centre to treat infectious diseases like pneumonia, including that caused by the novel coronavirus.

Peter Kovalev

The U.S. has said it will not use the Russian ventilators sent to it by Moscow while an investigation is carried out into their safety, following a deadly hospital fire in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told CNBC Wednesday that it would not start using the “Aventa-M” ventilators after they were cited as the possible cause of a…


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