The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has thrown out ventilators shipped from Russia this spring as part of a coronavirus aid exchange, BuzzFeed News reported.
The donated ventilators in question were disposed of following strict hazardous waste disposal regulatory guidelines.
FEMA said in May that it had mothballed the 45 Aventa-M ventilators after they were blamed for two fires that killed seven coronavirus patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The agency said it placed the ventilators in storage pending the results of Russia’s investigation into the deadly fires.
FEMA did not say when exactly the Russian-made ventilators were discarded, but BuzzFeed News reported that they were never used.