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Ford is one of a number of automakers pivoting to produce medical equipment for front-line health care workers dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

In an update this week, the car giant revealed a slew of new initiatives that include making medical gowns from the material used to produce airbags. The gowns will form part of equipment designed to help prevent hospital workers from contracting the coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19. Medical facilities in places such as New York City, which has been hard hit by the virus, are suffering shortages of the equipment.

Working with airbag supplier Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), production is set to reach 75,000 gowns a week by Sunday, April 19, before scaling up to 100,000 a week soon after.

“By July 4, Ford-supplier JSS will cut and sew 1.3 million gowns, which are self-tested to federal standards and are washable up to 50 times,” the automaker said in a release outlining its efforts, adding that more than 5,000 gowns have already been delivered to Beaumont Health hospitals in the cities of Dearborn and Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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