Do you think you need the ventilator? Tomas Borm has to answer such questions in the shortest possible time; often he has less than two hours to decide. As part of the Volkswagen healthcare team, the 53-year-old coordinates the delivery of medical equipment from China to Germany. Speed is crucial. “It’s incredibly meaningful work,” he says. Borm is not an expert in respiratory equipment – he is more concerned with ensuring that everyone involved in this crucial project works together smoothly. “Until recently, I didn’t have anything to do with hospital equipment or protective masks. That’s why I pass on specialist medical questions to experts in the Ministry of Health or at the Hannover Medical School,” he says. If a ventilator is suitable, procurement immediately enters into the contractual discussions. Logistics arranges the delivery to Germany.
“Our fight against corona
is like a long-distance race”
For the treatment of corona patients, clinics and medical practices lack equipment. Volkswagen is donating respiratory masks and other materials worth 40 million euros. A team of experts has organized the first delivery of 400,000 protective masks from China. We present four people behind the operation.