GM partners with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators

GM partners with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators

GM partners with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators

President Donald Trump invoked the rarely used Defense Production Act on Friday to order the Department of Health and Human Services to compel General Motors to manufacturer ventilators hours after he sharply criticized the company for slow-walking production. In an earlier tweet, he threatened to "invoke P", which he later clarified referred to the DPA.

Those familiar with ventilator production and auto manufacturing plants say it would be next to impossible for Ventec and GM to deliver 40,000 machines "right away" as Trump's tweet suggested.

Having ramped up the production of ventilators and other medical equipment required inside the U.S. to treat the large number of people infected with the novel coronavirus, Trump said his administration will be distributing those throughout the world to other countries.

For days the U.S. president has resisted calls to use the Defense Production Act (DPA), claiming "we're a country not based on nationalsing our business" and even drawing comparisons with the socialist government of Venezuela.

The companies said Friday that the ventilators will be produced at GM's engine plant in Kokomo, Ind., using about 1,000 workers.

GM spokespeople confirmed Friday that their company no longer has any stake in the Lordstown plant.

Seemingly contrary to his tweets Friday, Trump, speaking on Fox News on Thursday, said Cuomo's demands for ventilators were exaggerated.

The president name-dropped some of the governors who have been publicly criticizing him, and he also said that they should be more appreciative.

Karl asked the president if "everybody who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator" after Trump officially ordered General Motors to make them under the Defense Production Act. "I mean when I say how are you feeling and the first thing Boris said to me is we need ventilators", Trump said.

"If they need them in NY, we're gonna have plenty", he said.

There are already stories of United States hospitals who are attempting to use a single ventilator for multiple patients, while protective gear for health workers and testing kits are in chronically short supply. "We want to have so many that we do have more than we need because we can send them to other great countries, other countries that have been our friends, and they'll never be able to do it themselves".

Efforts to set up tooling and manufacturing capacity at the factory are already underway to produce Ventec's critical care ventilator, VOCSN, according to GM.

President Donald Trump is telling General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to reopen the automaker's idled Lordstown, Ohio, plant to make ventilators for Americans in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

One Project V scenario had the companies producing up to 20,000 ventilators a month by August.

"In a very short period of time, we're going to have plenty", Trump told reporters. Suppliers in the effort were told the target was 200,000 ventilators. And frankly, I think [Lordstown] would be a good place to build the ventilators, but we'll see.

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