“Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric’s healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus.”—Nick Carey, “Ford, GE to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.” Reuters. March 30, 2020
It’s a good idea, sure. But, peak effects from the coronavirus in the United States will have largely passed in the next hundred days. Most of these ventilators will need to be shipped to Africa, Latin America, India and elsewhere. Hopefully, they’ll keep some around for when this thing gets bad again (but not as bad as now) in October.