As the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc globally, carmakers are doing their part to fight the pandemic. They have been approached by governments to produce one crucial piece of medical equipment, Ventilators. Ventilators are crucial as they aid in the respiration of the patients diagnosed with COVID-19. As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise globally, hospitals are facing an acute shortage of ventilators.
To reduce the shortage of this crucial medical equipment, governments are approaching carmakers such as Ford, General Motors and Rolls Royce to step up the production. Volkswagen group is also said to exploring options to 3-D print the ventilators, while McLaren is ready to offer its expertise where needed.
Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group has said that his company will immediately begin to figure out how they can produce ventilators in their manufacturing facilities. He has also offered to convert the Mahindra Holiday resorts into COVID-19 treatment centers. Mr. Mahindra has announced the creation of the Mahindra Foundation Fund to aid those who are hardest hit by the shutdown in the company’s value chain. He will be contributing 100% of his salary to this fund.
Tesla boss Mr. Elon Musk also has undertaken to produce ventilators. In a tweet on Monday, he said that his company will be ready to distribute about 1200 ventilators this week. He said that his company is also working on procuring other personal protective equipment including masks and powered air-purifying respirators.
Though companies have stepped forward, the process isn’t straight forward. Re-tooling of the machines needs to be done and rigorous testing has to be done to ensure the continuous working of the ventilators, which is very crucial. Companies also have to work on sourcing the necessary materials.
Currently, more than 400 people have been identified with the COVID in India. Most of the states are under lockdown and normal life has been hit hard across the country. Let us all do our part in staying safe and help fight this pandemic by strictly abiding by the government directives.
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