President Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act just hours after criticizing the company for not working to create medical supplies.
The act can force American companies to create materials that are in short supply during national emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.
The order does not change GM's previously announced plans to make ventilators, according to a GM spokesman. The company originally planned on beginning to ship ventilators as early as next month.
"Our commitment to build Ventec's high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered," GM said in an emailed statement. "The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible. The entire GM team is proud to support this initiative."
The statement did not directly address Trump invoking the act and reiterated that GM and Ventec "have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need."