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Companies rally to produce crucial supplies in the fight against coronavirus

Elon Musk, Kering and BrewDog are among those offering up their money and production capabilities for coronavirus treatment and containment measures.

via Dezeen
via Dezeen

Elon Musk, car manufacturer Vauxhall, Gucci parent company Kering and beer maker BrewDog are among the brands that have offered up money and production lines to create the items needed to treat and contain the coronavirus.

Manufacturers of essential medical devices such as ventilators and antiviral products such as hand sanitser are struggling to keep up with the unprecedented demand, as outbreaks of coronavirus continue around the world.

In response, numerous companies with similar production capabilities and material resources – including automotive, cosmetics and alcohol manufacturers – are stepping up to bolster the supply.

Engineering companies explore manufacturing ventilators

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk tentatively offered his companies’ support in producing more ventilators, as European countries and the United States report shortages.

“We will make ventilators if there is a shortage,” Musk tweeted.

Ventilators are life-saving medical devices that are used to mechanically fill the lungs of patients with oxygen, which can become infected and fill with fluid in severe cases of coronavirus.

“Tesla makes cars with sophisticated hvac systems,” Musk added. “SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems. Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly.”

In the UK, car manufacturer Vauxhall has said that it can 3D-print ventilator parts in its Ellesmere Port plant, in response to an appeal by prime minister Boris Johnson.

The UK’s health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the National Health System’s 5,000 adult-sized ventilators would not nearly be enough to meet demand, while the German and Italian governments have placed orders for another 10,000 and 5,000 units respectively.

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