So much has changed in our world since COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic. We understand how the virus spreads. We’ve mastered working in new ways – from changes in supply chains and manufacturing, to how healthcare is delivered, to working from home. We have vaccines, at-home testing, and antiviral treatments. If there’s one thing we learned during the pandemic, it’s that collaboration, determination, and innovation will continue to drive better outcomes for our world.
Employees at our Galway facility, assembling ventilators in spring of 2020.
As hospitals flooded with critically ill patients during the early days of the pandemic, it quickly became clear that the global supply of ventilators would not meet the time-sensitive demand. With patient access in jeopardy, we responded by increasing production. Our facility in Galway, Ireland, introduced 24/7 operations, and, over several months, we increased ventilator manufacturing fivefold. We fortified our supply chain, brought in new partners, and trained new employees. Then we took the unprecedented step of publicly sharing the design specifications for one of our low-cost ventilators so that others could make the life-saving devices.
Today, our ventilators often mean the difference between life and death in COVID‑19.