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Fitbit is planning to build ventilators to help COVID-19 patients

Fitbit is planning to build ventilators to help COVID-19 patients


Fitbit, which makes fitness-tracking wearables, will shift supply chain resources to emergency ventilators, said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, to CNBC. Ventilators will be used to help treat COVID-19 patients and could help to strengthen the national supply of medical devices that were in need during the pandemic. "There was a lot of worry over the scarcity of ventilators so we found that we also had experience across the supply chain," Park told CNBC.

Fitbit intends to submit the designs of its ventilator to the Food and Drug Administration under the Emergency Use Authorization "in the coming days," according to CNBC. Emergency usage authorisation is just as it looks like: it enables a medical procedure or drug that has not been previously licensed by the FDA to be used to handle a life-threatening illness. Park plans to make the ventilators the "most sophisticated" emergency patient ventilator accessible at a "reasonable" rate, although the price has not been decided, according to CNBC. Most of the ventilators cost thousands of dollars, and the high-end ones can cost as much as $50,000. The Fitbit spokesman declined to send further information to The Verge.

A number of organizations have contributed to the production of ventilators. GM and Ford also given production facilities to several ventilator firms to enable them manufacture more devices. NASA also created a ventilator specially built for COVID-19 patients; the ventilator was given emergency usage on 30 April, which means it will reach development. Telephone accessory manufacturer Belkin has developed a single-use emergency ventilator in partnership with the University of Illinois under review for emergency use authorisation. And Tesla is designing a modern ventilator to replace components used in Tesla 's vehicles.


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