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Toyota to make protective gear in US to aid coronavirus battle

Japanese automaker to also help ventilator makers boost capacity

Toyota will begin producing medical-use face guards to help the U.S. fight against the coronavirus.    © Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp's North American unit said on Friday it would produce face shields, ventilators and respirators, as the death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 1,200 in the United States.

The automaker said it would begin mass production of 3-D printed face shields early next week, and was currently looking for partners to produce COVID-19 mask filters.

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