Coronavirus: Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52043767

The government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS. The order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly. Dyson has had hundreds of engineers working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch. It hopes to build the ventilators at scale from its UK base in Wiltshire - using aircraft hangars that were used to stuff parachutes in the World War Two. However, the blitz spirit the company is keen to channel will not produce immediate results. It is thought that even if regulatory approval is forthcoming, it could take a couple of weeks to move from prototype to the device being made in significant scale.
Labatt's Vancouver brewery to start making hand sanitizer
https://biv.com/article/2020/03/laba...hand-sanitizer

Labatt brewing facilities in Edmonton, Montreal and London will also be used to produce hand sanitizer. Labatt’s Disaster Relief Program was established in 2012 and has been used to bring 460,000 cans of water to Canadians in need during the Fort McMurray wildfires and the 2018 floods in eastern Canada.
Coronavirus: Canada Goose to start making medical gear for health-care workers
https://globalnews.ca/news/6730438/c...-medical-gear/

The apparel maker, best known for its down-filled parkas, says it will start manufacturing medical gear at two of its facilities next week, including in Winnipeg.

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