President Trump tweeted that he’d given Ford, General Motors, and Tesla the go-ahead to make ventilators and other metal products that the healthcare industry needs to fight the coronavirus.
“Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?”
The automakers join a list of other companies that are turning production to things consumers want during the pandemic. Distillers from Connecticut to Georgia are redirecting production from spirits to hand sanitizer. They’re already good at chemistry and can blend alcohol with aloe and other ingredients to make a sanitizer that works but won’t be harsh on the skin.
Yves St. Laurent is making face masks, and Christian Dior has turned to sanitizer.
It looks like many companies are pitching in to deliver what the world needs most, medical supplies.
The race for therapeutics and vaccines is also underway, with more than 100 compounds being tested in China and 84 being tested in the U.S.