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Coronavirus

Ventilator output ramps up as world braces for patient surge

Japan's Asahi Kasei plans 25-fold boost while automakers weigh support

Asahi Kasei unit Zoll Medical will increase production of these portable ventilators. (Photo courtesy of Asahi Kasei)

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- The looming ventilator shortages facing the world have spurred calls for increasing production, prompting manufactures, including Japan’s Asahi Kasei, to boost output of the equipment vital to treating coronavirus patients

A U.S. unit of Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei will boost ventilator production 25 times to 10,000 a month by switching over line now used to make defibrillators. Massachusetts-based Zoll Medical said it has negotiated with suppliers to procure enough parts needed for the production boost.

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