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U.S. industrial giants team up to make respirators, ventilators

WASHINGTON
2020-03-26 07:41

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Ford Motor Co. has partnered with 3M and GE Healthcare to produce protective equipment and supplies for healthcare workers fighting the novel coronavirus, including respirators, face shields and ventilators, the company told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Ford plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal protective equipment, according to a release of the company.

Ford and GE Healthcare are working together to expand production of a simplified version of GE Healthcare's existing ventilator design to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing caused by COVID-19.

Masks are in short supply in the United States and around the world as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

U.S. tech companies are also donating masks to the front line staff. Facebook is contributing more than 700,000 masks. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday the company has sourced 10 million masks for the United States and millions more for the hardest hit regions in Europe.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States was 65,285 as of 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, with 926 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
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