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Ramping up ventilator production: lessons from WWII

Ilzetzki, Ethan and Reichardt, Hugo (2020) Ramping up ventilator production: lessons from WWII. VoxEU.

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Abstract

Countries worldwide are scrambling to procure medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several governments have called on non-specialist firms to produce medical ventilators. This column draws three lessons from US munition production in WWII. First, ramping up production takes time, particularly for non-specialist producers. Second, international cooperation is needed to share knowledge on production technology and supply chains. Third, direct public investment in plant expansions should be part of the strategy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://voxeu.org/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Macroeconomics
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104263

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