Xerox is planning to branch out into the creation of inexpensive, disposable ventilators that are in short supply amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
The company, best known for making copies, has told NBC News it will announced on Monday that it will be “rapidly scaling up” production of these devices that are hard to find across the country.
Xerox confirmed to NBC News that it has a deal with California medical device manufacturer Vortran Medical to boost production of the Go2Vent, a low-cost resuscitation device commonly used by first responders in emergencies and disasters.
Xerox plans to produce 150,000 to 200,000 devices a month by June and could produce as many as 1 million ventilators in upcoming months.
They project making 40,000 ventilators during April.
The Go2Vent is already FDA approved, has been on the market for years, does not require electricity and is relatively inexpensive.