GM announced Friday that it’s working with Ventec Life Systems to help ramp up production of respiratory care products resembling ventilators that are required by a rising number of hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemics spread all through the U.S.
The collaboration is a part of StopTheSpread.org, a coordinated effort of private corporations to respond to COVId-19, a disease caused by a coronavirus.
Ventec will use GM’s logistics, buying and manufacturing expertise to build more ventilators. The businesses didn’t provide further details comparable to when production would possibly be able to increase or what number of ventilators would be produced.
GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra mentioned in a statement that GM is working carefully with Ventec to rapidly scale production.
The need for ventilators is urgent as cases of COVID-19 pop up with increasing frequency as widespread testing begins. While some folks with COVID-19 reported more light symptoms, others have experienced severe respiratory issues and need to be hospitalized.
The scarcity has triggered auto manufacturers to research ways of ramping up ventilator production. Volkswagen and Ford have reportedly either talked to the White House or dedicated to looking at the problem. Volkswagen stated Friday it has created a task force to look into utilizing 3D printing to make hospital ventilators.
Elon Musk tweeted Friday that Tesla and SpaceX workers are “working on ventilators” even though he doesn’t believe they will be required.