Vice President Pence asked construction companies to donate their stock of N95 respirator masks to their local hospitals and stop ordering more for now.
Automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is stepping up to help limit spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). FCA said it plans to produce 1 million masks a month. Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks with initial distribution across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The monthly output of one million masks will be donated to police, emergency medical staff, firefighters and to workers in hospitals and health care clinics, it said. A specific timeframe for manufacturing and delivery of the masks also wasn't mentioned, other than to say it should commence in the coming weeks.
Mask production would add to the continued effort by Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and rival automaker Ferrari to find ways to help Italy increase production of healthcare equipment such as ventilators. This action is the first of a multi-faceted global programme being developed by the company through maunfacturing, supply chain and engineering expertise to support the global fight against the pandemic, it said.
"Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been so important", FCA CEO Mike Manley said in a statement. We have gathered the resources of the FCA Group to immediately focus on installing the production capacity to make masks and support those most in need on the front lines of this pandemic.
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At the same time, famous fashion designer Christian Siriano and his team offered their services to sew medical masks in NY, while Hanes, Zara, L'Oreal, Louis Vuitton SE (LVMH) and different breweries and distillers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia all took part in lending their services and expertise to produce essential needs that will further help and protect frontliners from COVID-19. 32,416 cases are still under investigation.