Dyson to build ventilators to help coronavirus fight

Dyson to build ventilators to help coronavirus fight

Dyson to build ventilators to help coronavirus fight

Billionaire inventor James Dyson has said his electronics business is "working solidly" on creating ventilators for the NHS in the coronavirus pandemic.

At the request of Boris Johnson, the company has designed the "CoVent" and will donate 5,000 to the worldwide effort.Sir James said they received the call 10 days ago and his engineers have been working around the clock on the design. His device is called the CoVent and is specifically meant to support coronavirus patients.

Britain had been in talks with more than 3,000 companies about supplying ventilators to rapidly increase the capacity of the health service, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the company, which is best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, said the ventilators would be ready by early April.

But he stressed that any design would need regulatory approval.

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The CoVent battery-backed portable system was developed with consultancy The Technology Partnership (TTP) in Cambridge and the UK's medical equipment regulator (MHRA), which should shorten the qualification process.

Dyson said it was "clearly a time of grave worldwide crisis", and he would therefore donate 5,000 units to the global effort, 1,000 of which would go to the United Kingdom.

In the meantime, the Government is expected to ask a consortium led by aerospace and automotive giants, such as Airbus and Rolls Royce, to speed up production of approved ventilators from existing producers. "This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume". GM and Tesla have also pledged to make ventilators. Today, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country has hit 463 and the cases have also risen to 9,529, making the country face a significant shortage of ventilators to support the patients.

In another industry effort, a consortium of companies in the aerospace and engineering sectors are working with seven Formula One racing teams to ramp up production of existing ventilator models, with a manufacturing launch date penned in for March 30.

The government now has a supply of 8,000 ventilators.

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