SA has the industrial capacity to scale up production of ventilators for export to other African countries should the need arise, trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel said.

SA-manufactured ventilators are in production and the first life-saving machines will be ready in a few weeks. A total of 20,000 ventilators are set to be produced, the department of trade & industry said. The ventilators will complement the existing stock in the public and private health-care industry as well as additional purchases of ventilators from global manufacturers and donations received from other countries.

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