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Boeing will use 3-D printing technology to manufacture protective face shields for U.S. health care workers battling the coronavirus outbreak



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Boeing will use 3-D printing technology to manufacture protective face shields for U.S. health care workers battling the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced on Friday. ⁣ ⁣Hospitals around the country have reported shortages of face shields and other forms of personal protective equipment, or PPE, amid a rising number of coronavirus cases. Boeing is the latest of several private firms that have stepped up to assist with production. ⁣ ⁣Aside from the face shields, Boeing said it has offered the use of one of its largest cargo carriers to transport medical supplies to hospitals. The company added that it is exploring other ways to apply its resources to help authorities fight the pandemic. ⁣ ⁣Boeing said it has already donated “thousands of masks, gloves and other equipment” to assist health care workers.

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Google is pledging more than $800 million to help with the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, including free advertising credits for small businesses, CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday. ⁣ ⁣“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities,” Pichai wrote in a blog post announcing the financial commitment. ⁣ ⁣Google committed to providing $250 million in ad grants to help the World Health Organization and more than 100 world government agencies to provide information about preventing the virus’s spread on top of $25 million the company announced last month and $20 million in ad grants for nongovernment organizations and community financial institutions to run public service announcements.

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