ON APRIL 6, LOCAL TIME, ACCORDING TO FOREIGN MEDIA REPORTS, A MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER CALLED METRAN SAID THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT HAS CONTACTED ITS COMPANY TO MASS PRODUCE ANIMAL RESPIRATORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH THE NEW CORONAVIRUS, OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST. The company is currently in talks with more than 30 countries, including the US, UK and India.
Metran is also making ventilators for humans, the report said.
Kazufuku Nitta, the company’s chief executive, said veterinary equipment was simpler, less expensive and easier to operate.
Nitta says there are not enough doctors with expertise in the outbreak, so doctors unfamiliar with the equipment need simple and safe machines.
Nitta also said Metran was considering producing between 5,000 and 15,000 animal respirators, but he did not give an exact production schedule.
As of April 8, a total of 4,472 cases of new coronary pneumonia have been confirmed in Japan, 622 cases have been cured and 98 deaths have been reported, and the outbreak remains severe.
Nitta expects the product to be in short supply, so Metran is also considering licensing the product so it can be produced overseas.
In addition, U.S. medical equipment manufacturers say they will simplify the design of ventilators, and automakers such as Ford and Tesla have offered to make ventilators.