Ventilator Deal – level 1

22-04-2020 07:00

Journalists write about an unusual ventilator deal. In 2014, the US government and the company Philips make a deal.

The US government wants ventilators. These ventilators are cheap and light. The US can use them in emergency situations. The price of the ventilators is almost $14 million dollars.

However, the ventilators never come. Philips makes a different type of the ventilators. The company sells them overseas. The price of these ventilators is much higher.

Now, the US government and Philips make a new deal. The problem is that the ventilators cost a lot. The US government wants to know why. The government sends a letter to Philips. Philips must explain the situation.

Difficult words: ventilator (a machine that helps a person breathe), overseas (foreign countries that are across the sea), explain (to make something clear so that people can understand it).

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