The UK government has ordered 10,000 ventilators.
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it has been announced that the UK government placed an order for 10,000 new ventilators which will be manufactured by British engineering company, Dyson.
Dyson, which is most known for its vacuum cleaners, is manufacturing a design for a new type of ventilator in response to a call from the NHS.
The company is working with Cambridge-based medical business, The Technology Partnership, to manufacture the ventilators required.
James Dyson, entrepreneur and Founder of Dyson Ltd, has said that "the race is on" to manufacture the new ventilators to meet the urgent demand the country is currently faced with.
The NHS currently has a total of just over 8,000 ventilators, but the number of ventilators required to deal with this crisis is thought to be closer to 30,000.
The ventilators are primarily being manufactured at Dyson's UK base in Wiltshire and the company is believed to have engineers working round the clock to produce the ventilators from scratch.
It is said that a prototype for human testing is to be ready soon, pending all necessary regulatory approval.
The news, however, hasn't come without controversy, with plenty of people speaking out on Twitter this morning.
10k ventilators ordered from a vacuum cleaner manufacturer, Dyson - never made them before and design will have to be medically approved first, which usually takes some time. Yet gov turns down offers of ventilators from specialist manufacturers via the EU.— A50 (@A50Challenge) March 26, 2020
It is all madness.
Amazing how Boris Johnson's best Brexity mates ended up on the front line of the coronavirus response:— Edwin Hayward ? ?, ?? ? ?? (@uk_domain_names) March 26, 2020
- Ineos building a chemical plant for hand sanitiser
- Dyson muscling out other groups to make ventilators
I wish them well. Of course I do! But it doesn't stop me *observing*.
Amazing that Dyson and JCB are being paid to develop ventilators. Strange that they are also major Tory party donors. Even in crisis, this greedy Govt are helping their rich buddies get their noses in the trough. And then they are fucking off for an extra long Easter.— MRowe #FBPE ?????? (@MJRowe2) March 26, 2020
Marvellous that Dyson is able to quickly produce a new ventilator. I hope that unlike every other product I’ve bought from them, it works.— Bendor Grosvenor PhD (@arthistorynews) March 26, 2020
Despite the controversy, if these ventilators save lives, then that is all that matters, for now.
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