(WXYZ) — Automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is stepping up to help limit spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The company has committed to manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks each month.
Manufacturing on the masks will begin in just weeks, with distribution planned for the United States, Mexico and Canada, according to the company.
The face masks will be donated by FCA to police, EMTs and firefighters, as well as to workers in hospitals and health care clinics.
“Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important," said FCA CEO Mike Manley. "In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks. We’ve marshalled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”
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