GM said Tuesday that 600 ventilators will be shipped by the end of this month, with the rest of the government’s 30,000 ventilator order completed by the end of August.
“GM’s rapid mobilization of America’s manufacturing might in defense of our country is a proud salute to the ingenuity of its engineers, the true grit of its UAW workers on the line, and America’s doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals fighting for our lives at the front lines,” said Peter Navarro, assistant to the president.
This first batch of ventilators from GM will be sent to hospitals in Gary, Indiana, and Chicago, according to Navarro.
Other automakers have also announced efforts to help address the critical shortage of ventilators.
The automaker has said it expects to make as many as 7,200 of the machines a week. Ford is also working on other supplies, including respirator masks for healthcare workers.
Ford executives have said they are coordinating their efforts with GM to make sure no parts suppliers are overtaxed by their combined requests for help with ventilator parts.