President Donald Trump issued a federal order on Friday to force auto giant General Motors to manufacture ventilators as supplies of key hospital equipment become scarce and coronavirus infections are increasing across the country.
Trump cited the rarely-used defense equipment law to instruct GM to accelerate its commitment to fan manufacturing in one of its auto factories after delays in negotiations.
The wartime law, which mandates private companies to manufacture for defense purposes, will allow the White House to oblige GM to "accept, implement, and prioritize federal ventilator contracts," Trump said in a statement.
"Our negotiations with GM on the ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too pressing to continue giving and taking the contract process to continue its normal course," Trump said.
"GM wasted time. Today's measures will help ensure the rapid production of ventilators that save American lives."
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that both GM and rival Ford were quickly making ventilators that are essential for seriously ill coronavirus patients to breathe.
GM quickly replied that it had a contract with Ventec Life Systems medical device manufacturer to build the intensive care device at its Kokomo, Indiana auto plant and could likely begin shipping next month.
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