The Los Angeles Times quoted McGuireWoods healthcare counsel
Julie Letwat in a
March 23, 2020, story on efforts to ramp up production of medical ventilators in response
The story focuses on efforts by California companies to use their supply
chains to address shortages of ventilators and other critical medical
supplies during the crisis. Letwat, a member of the firm’s
COVID-19 Response Team, cautioned that companies already accustomed to manufacturing the machines
will need 90 to 100 days to increase their production capacity. Companies
such as automakers that have offered to build ventilators need even more
lead time, she said.
“These are complex machines,” Letwat said. “This isn’t ordering gloves and
Letwat previously addressed the issue of ventilator shortages in stories
The Washington Post
The Detroit News.