Rolls-Royce will help produce lung ventilation devicesMarch 19, 2020
The UK National Health Service has urged automotive companies Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Honda, which have factories in the country, to switch to the production of medical equipment, including lung ventilation devices. The latter are necessary for the treatment of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appealed to 60 enterprises and organizations for help in the production of vital medical equipment for the National Health Service. Moreover, companies can participate in any part of the process – design, procurement, assembly, testing and shipping. The National Health Service, in turn, said that they will purchase as many lung ventilation devices as will be released.
Car brands have already responded to the appeal. For example, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover are ready to provide any feasible help, and Honda – to transfer part of the capacity for the assembly of medical equipment. Ford, in turn, is still evaluating the capabilities of its two plants in the UK.
As of March 17, 2020, 1543 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the UK, and 55 people became victims of the pandemic. The total number of infected in the world reached 179 thousand people.
By mid-March, most automobile plants in Europe had stopped conveyors to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection among their employees.
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