March 25, 2020 | From Fox News
TV host and author Mike Rowe said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak “is a chance, unlike anything I’ve ever seen, for corporate America to step up and do what the government simply can’t do.”
Rowe made the comments after several companies, including General Motors and two partners, have combined their efforts to build more ventilation systems for hospitals during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the auto company announced Friday.
On Monday, Rowe noted that coronavirus is going to show “what capitalism is really all about.”
“We have these big conversations about the direction the country is headed and what direction the country ought to be headed,” he said.
He then explained why he thinks the current situation is a “chance for corporate America to step up and do what the government simply can’t do.”
“Obviously government has a primary role in this, but I don’t think they can do it alone and I’m actually really heartened,” he said, referencing several companies including 3M, which produces respirator masks for consumers, and General Motors, which have stepped up efforts to help during the coronavirus crisis.
3M has doubled its production of N95 respirator masks since the coronavirus outbreak to a rate of nearly 100 million a month, Street Insider reported.
Rowe also referenced the smaller companies “who have completely retooled and retrofitted.”
“I’m looking at these distilleries who are now making hand sanitizer,” he said. “It’s big and it’s small, it’s micro, it’s macro, it’s everybody doing what they can, in a way that I think could ultimately make about the most compelling case for capitalism that we’ve seen in our lifetime.”
(Excerpt from Fox News. Article by Talia Kaplan.)