Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Should Government Put the Manufacturing Sector on a Wartime Footing?
During WWII America mobilized the country's industrial base and put it into armaments production. Automobile manufacturers switched rapidly to churning out tanks by the thousands and car plants built giant four-engine bombers.
Today we need a new weapon for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. There's an urgent need for ventilators, respirators and other equipment to keep patients alive and protect healthcare workers.
Louis Vuitton set the example when it chose to transform its plants from the production of high-end fragrances and cosmetics into production of hand sanitizer that it is distributing free of charge across France.
Surely there's enough industrial capacity in North America for our governments to switch the most suitable plants into production of essential medical equipment and supplies, especially ventilators for those in intensive care.
So what's holding them up? Their prime duty is to protect the security and wellbeing of the public. It's about time they stepped up.