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Automakers can produce medical supplies in the space of about 10 days: Fmr. GM vice chairman


Bob Lutz, former GM vice chairman, VLF Automotive CEO and CNBC contributor, on auto companies shifting efforts to medical supply production to help combat the coronavirus.

General Motors and Ford are studying whether they can use their auto factories to support production of ventilators and other medical equipment to help combat the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation.

GM CEO Mary Barra spoke with the Trump administration Wednesday about the automaker’s decision to pause production, the company said in a statement.

“She also indicated GM is working to help find solutions for the nation during this difficult time and has offered to help, and we are already studying how we can potentially support production of medical equipment like ventilators,” according to the statement.

Ford also confirmed the company has had preliminary discussions with the government and is looking into the feasibility of producing medical equipment.

“As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment,” a spokesperson said in an email.

Earlier in the day, GM announced it would be closing its North American factories at least until March 30 and will evaluate the situation on a weekly basis after that while Ford also announced it would close its factories through March 30.

GM would not be re-tooling or changing the equipment it uses to build vehicles, but may have extra space in some factories that could be used to manufacture ventilators, according to people familiar with Barra’s conversation.

White House Economic advisor Larry Kudlow told Fox News earlier Wednesday that GM has offered to build ventilators.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that the state doesn’t have enough ventilators for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases when the virus peaks in about 45 days. The state has 3,000 ICU hospital beds that have the equipment attached to them but is expected to need 37,000.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he signed the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of medical supplies to fill shortages.

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Hospitals face shortages of medical supplies as US cases spike


Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on help from the federal government to fund critical medical supplies; David Lee Miller reports from Manhattan.

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Medical supplies running low as COVID-19 cases surge


As confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge across Canada, health-care workers are increasingly concerned they will soon be running out of protective equipment like masks.

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How Alberta stockpiled medical equipment before COVID-19 struck


Alberta Health Services started ordering personal protective equipment (PPE) as coronavirus was taking hold in China and is now able to help other provinces in need of gloves, masks and ventilators.

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The increased demand for medical supplies: AmerisourceBergen CEO


Steven Collis, AmerisourceBergen CEO, joins “Squawk Alley” to discuss the surge in demand for medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

General Motors and Ford are studying whether they can use their auto factories to support production of ventilators and other medical equipment to help combat the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation.

GM CEO Mary Barra spoke with the Trump administration Wednesday about the automaker’s decision to pause production, the company said in a statement.

“She also indicated GM is working to help find solutions for the nation during this difficult time and has offered to help, and we are already studying how we can potentially support production of medical equipment like ventilators,” according to the statement.

Ford also confirmed the company has had preliminary discussions with the government and is looking into the feasibility of producing medical equipment.

“As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment,” a spokesperson said in an email.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Frontline health care workers rationed for medical equipment, supplies


Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions says rationing of the supplies is not safe and possibly illegal in order for healthcare workers on the frontlines to do their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, a number of businesses and factories have retooled in order to assist in the production of highly sought after medical supplies.

Canada’s chief public health officer has cautioned health officials to be smart in their use of supplies as the outbreak continues.

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