Royal Philips has announced that it has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the partial termination of the April 2020 contract to deliver 43,000 bundled EV300 ventilator configurations to HHS through December 2020. Philips will complete the deliveries for this month, resulting in a total of 12,300 bundled ventilator configurations supplied to the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of August 2020, in line with the contract. As directed by HHS, Philips will not supply the remaining 30,700 Philips EV300 ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile.
Philips’ hospital ventilator contract with HHS was one of several contracts that the department announced in April 2020 for the production and delivery of a total of more than 156,000 ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of August 2020, and a total of more than 187,000 ventilators by the end of the year.
“To date, we have delivered on our commitments to HHS,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “I am proud that with great urgency and under intense pressure, we achieved a fourfold ventilator production expansion with substantial investments: we hired hundreds of new colleagues for our factories in the U.S. and called upon our supply chain partners to massively step up, all in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are disappointed in light of these vast efforts, we will adjust our plans and work with HHS to effectuate the partial termination of this contract.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and we will continue to focus on our triple duty of care: meeting critical customer needs, ensuring business continuity, and safeguarding the health and safety of our employees,” he added. “In the U.S., Philips is committed to work with the government and several of its agencies to support health care providers with the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of COVID-19 patients, as well as the provision of regular health care.”
As the epicenter of the pandemic started to shift to the West in February 2020, Philips reached out to various governments around the world to discuss how to collaboratively combat COVID-19. From March 2020 onwards, Philips achieved a massive fourfold increase in ventilator production in just five months, adding production lines in the U.S. as well as creating hundreds of new jobs. Employees in Philips’ factories in Western Pennsylvania and California have been working around the clock to produce these ventilators.