The Covid-19 pandemic has forced health care providers to dramatically increase their use of swabs, protective gear, ventilators, and other medical devices. This rapid increase in demand, coupled with the destabilizing effect of the crisis on society and the global economy, has disrupted normal sources of supply and led to critical shortages. Such shortages threaten the ability of clinicians and public health officials to conduct testing for Covid-19 and to care for infected patients. In response to these challenges, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), a state economic-development agency with a mission of strengthening the Commonwealth’s tech and innovation economy, formed the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT). Within days, the M-ERT mobilized to help Massachusetts-based manufacturers open up new supply chains to start producing materials needed to fight the epidemic.
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