President Donald Trump reported in a tweet Sunday that the country’s main carmakers, including General Motors, Ford and Tesla, have been given the go-ahead by authorities to produce ventilators as well as other items needed during the outbreak of COVID-19.
“Ford, General Motors and Tesla are given the go-ahead to make fans and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?”, said the president on Twitter.
Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are? @RepMarkMeadows @GOPLeader @senatemajldr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2020
Previously, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said the electric car maker was willing to make fans if there was a shortage. Also, through Twitter, he indicated that these devices “are not difficult to manufacture but cannot be produced instantly.” Musk has been in direct contact with Medtronic, one of the leading manufacturers of medical devices, to determine the needs and requirements that this type of respirator requires.
Currently, one of the main challenges in the US and in other countries plagued by the pandemic is that there are not enough fans, which could further complicate the decisions of medical professionals.
These ventilators are used primarily for patients undergoing surgery under anesthesia and for those with lung failure caused by a condition or disease, including pneumonia, which can be a complication for people who have contracted COVID-19 disease.
The possibility that American automakers could support respirator producers began to surface Wednesday night after White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow assured Fox News that he had spoken to executives such as the GM CEO Mary Barra on this possibility.
Major US automakers have halted their conventional operations in North America until the end of the month to develop long-term plans for the protection of their workers during the pandemic.