Automakers have come forward to take the steps for boosting the production of the major medical equipment needed to help fight the spread of novel coronavirus. Tesla and General Motors are investing their resources to aid in the shortage of ventilators that the nation is currently facing, and which are critical to the treatment of CoVID-19. Ford Motors also announced its plans to join in this effort. However, there are still doubts regarding how fast the automakers will actually be able to ramp up their production of ventilators.
President Donald Trump praised the efforts of the companies, which have shut down their automotive capacity in America temporarily. He mentioned on his Twitter account that Tesla, General Motors, and Ford had been given the nod to start the production of ventilators.
The Food and Drug Administration mentioned on Sunday that certain barriers in the approval process of medical devices production had been lowered so that ventilators can be made and delivered speedily to the coronavirus patients. According to Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary of the nation, the automakers, and similar other manufacturers can easily realign their production lines to deliver more ventilators.
Elon Musk, the CEO of rocket maker SpaceX and electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, said that both the companies would take the necessary steps for helping. He mentioned that they are working on making the ventilators, but the shortage might not even remain till the time they are successfully able to manufacture enough to matter.
GM announced that it is collaborating with Ventec Life Systems for helping the company in increasing the output of the respiratory care products, along with offering manufacturing, purchasing, and logistical resources. Ford released a statement that it is still discussing with the U.K. and the U.S. governments regarding the matter.