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Tackling the pandemic through translation

Just over a year ago, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Individuals and countries around the world started to face what emerged as an extreme shortage of supplies and equipment to address the outbreak. Articles such as masks, gloves, ventilators, and other medical supplies were running out fast, leaving health professionals unable to meet the needs of the skyrocketing number of patients who needed treatment.

To respond to this problem, maker communities – do-it-yourself enthusiasts who fabricate mostly tech and electronic devices – launched Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) in March of 2020. The project brought together a global network of makers,

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