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UK asks Rolls-Royce and Jaguar to make ventilators in wartime-like effort

Britain has a single domestic ventilator manufacturer, Breas, in Stratford-upon-Avon, which has moved to a seven-day workweek to increase production, but currently boasts a staff of only 150 worldwide, according to the BBC. Foto: Jaguar

LONDON - Faced with the prospect that waves of coronavirus patients struggling to breathe will soon overwhelm its hospitals, the British government issued a cry for help from manufacturers - the builders of automobiles, jet engines, dialysis machines, excavation equipment - to switch their assembly lines over to make mechanical ventilators.

It is a desperate, almost absurd appeal, but the government said it had received hundreds of replies in the span of four days from businesses offering to try...

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