President Donald Trump said that General Motors, Tesla, and Ford have been approved to produce ventilators to combat the CCP virus surge in the United States.
“Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST!” he added, tagging several top Republican officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as well as incoming White House chief of staff Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
Last week, Trump signed the Defense Production Act to marshal U.S. companies to manufacture medical supplies, adding that he will begin to implement the law on March 27.
Experts have warned that a lack of medical supplies puts workers at risk of contracting the virus while also overwhelming hospitals with an escalating number of cases. A number of state governments have requested the federal government to provide more masks, ventilators, and other supplies.
“We are working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products to support our country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis," Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
At the same time, Vice President Mike Pence, leader of the White House's coronavirus task force, said March 21 that the Department of Health and Human Services had ordered "hundreds of millions of N95 masks" for health care workers across the United States.