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Philips Targets Four-Fold Increase in Output of Ventilators | Bloomberg |

With countries in desperate need of ventilators, it's making choices: It favors places where hospitals are confronted with many coronavirus patients -- so-called category 3 and 4 regions -- over countries that are proactively building up stocks in case Covid-19 escalates, Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten said in a phone interview.

China, Italy

It first delivered to China, then Italy, and now Switzerland, France, Spain and New York, while increasing production "to try to keep pace with the development of the outbreak," he said.

Germany called for help from its car makers, like Volkswagen AG, which had shut down factories, asking them to shift production to ventilators and masks. Ferrari NV and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are in talks with Italy's biggest ventilator manufacturer to help boost its output.

Also Philips's rival Medtronic Plc might have found common cause with a car maker. Elton Musk, head of Tesla Inc., who initially downplayed the risks posed by the virus. He tweeted Saturday that he had talked with the Dublin-based manufacturer about making ventilators.

Germany Asks Auto Giants to Make Medical Gear to Fight Virus

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 09:52:32 AM EST

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