Toyota is planning to start making face shields to provide to medical personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Just like many businesses across the country, some Toyota plants are paused during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the company is now finding useful ways for them to help out healthcare workers by providing necessary personal protective equipment and medical devices. 

“Toyota’s core value has always been to contribute to society in meaningful ways beyond providing mobility for our customers,” said Ted Ogawa, incoming CEO, TMNA. “With our plants idled and our dealers focused on servicing customers, we are eager to contribute our expertise and know-how in order to help quickly bring to market the medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the COVID crisis. Our message to the medical equipment community is we are here to help, please utilize our expertise.”

Some Toyota facilities will begin to manufacture face shields, while others begin making ventilators, respirators and other medical devices.

Toyota says that the first distribution of face shields will be to MD Anderson in Houston, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and other hospitals in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

The full statement from CEO Ted Ogawa can be read here

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