Canada to help medical equipment makers scale-up production in coronavirus fight

The federal government is unveiling a plan to have companies quickly produce supplies of needed medical equipment to cope with the rapidly multiplying cases of COVID-19 across Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the plan will provide support to manufacturers that want to retool their assembly lines to build ventilators, masks and other personal protective gear.

Other supplies to be produced under the plan are sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease-tracking technology, the government says.

It will also help those already making such products to quickly scale up.

Ottawa has been working with provinces and territories, which deliver health care, to determine where gaps exist in the system and to try to fill them before they become a significant problem.

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains are to provide more details at a briefing early in the afternoon in Ottawa.

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