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How Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is combating the coronavirus

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Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin is 3D printing plastic parts needed to make face shields to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Yahoo Finance’s Dan Howley joins Seana Smith to break down the latest details.

Video Transcript

SEANA SMITH: While the number of coronavirus cases continue to climb, companies are trying to do their part in order to mitigate this spread. Now we have Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin employees. They are now making plastic pieces needed for face shields. We have Dan Howley joining us now with more on this, and Dan, we were just talking yesterday about Apple making a million face shields a week. Now Blue Origin, it looks like, is trying to assist in this effort as well.

DAN HOWLEY: Yeah, these are kind of the plastic bands that go around the face shields themselves, and they're 3D printing it in their rocket making facilities. And so this is obviously another effort by a major company to kind of contribute to the efforts with combating coronavirus.

It's not just Blue Origin, though. As far as space companies go, Virgin Orbit is actually doing something similar. In fact, they are going ahead and producing various technologies and items that workers might need to prevent themselves.

In this case, they're producing ventilator parts. It's a smaller ventilator than what you might think in an ICU scenario. It's kind of a step between ventilator. And the idea here is they put these out to different hospitals, and then they can get people off the heavy duty ventilators so that they're able to provide for more patients.

So more companies coming out of the woodwork, basically saying, look, we're working here. We're trying to ensure that our businesses can assist. Nvidia, IBM, both of those companies saying that they're using their AI technologies to move forward and ensure that they can help with find a cure for coronavirus or find some kind of vaccine. So obviously, big tech stepping up in a big way.