General Motors and Ford are examining whether they can use their auto factories to help the production of ventilators and other medical equipment to help battle the coronavirus pandemic clearing the country over.
GM CEO Mary Barra talked with the Trump administration Wednesday about the automaker’s decision to stop production, the organization said in an announcement.
“She also indicated GM is working to help find solutions for the nation during this difficult time and has offered to help, and we are already studying how we can potentially support the production of medical equipment like ventilators,” according to the statement.
Ford additionally affirmed the organization has had preliminary discussions with the government and is investigating the possibility of producing medical equipment.
“As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment,” a spokesperson said in an email.
Prior in the day, GM reported it would be shutting its North American factories at least until March 30 and will evaluate the circumstance on a week by week premise after that while Ford likewise declared it would close its factories through March 30.
GM would not be re-tooling or changing the equipment it uses to build vehicles, however, may have additional space in certain factories that could be utilized to make ventilators, as indicated by individuals acquainted with Barra’s discussion.
White House Economic advisor Larry Kudlow revealed to Fox News before Wednesday that GM has offered to build ventilators.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that the state needs more ventilators for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases when the virus peaks in around 45 days. The state has 3,000 ICU hospital beds that have the equipment connected to them yet is relied upon to require 37,000.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he signed the Defense Production Act to increase the production of medical supplies to fill shortages.
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