General Motors has announced it will begin to produce Ventec ventilators to help support the growing fight against COVID-19.
The automaker will work in cooperation with Ventec Life Systems to increase the production of one of its critically important ventilators, with the company leveraging GM’s large logistics, purchasing and manufacturing base in the United States.
“With GM’s help, Ventec will increase ventilator production,” said Ventec Life Systems CEO Chris Kiple. “By tapping their expertise, GM is enabling us to get more ventilators to more hospitals much faster. This partnership will help save lives.”
“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,” added GM CEO Mary Barra. “We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis.”
Concerns over ventilator availability have been mounting in recent weeks as COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe. Some have only experienced mild flu-like symptoms, but others have developed severe respiratory complications as a result of the disease and have been put on a ventilator. In Italy, ventilator shortages have forced doctors to choose who will receive treatment and who must go on without being intubated.
The GM and Ventec partnership was the result of efforts made by StopTheSpread.org, a consortium of companies that are working to connect the healthcare industry with private sector businesses to help combat COVID-19 in the United States and abroad.
As of this writing, there have been a total of 351,426 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe. Of those, 100,569 have recovered, while 15,361 have died.