Britain has ordered over 10,000 ventilators from a consortium of major aerospace, engineering and technology companies, with production slated to begin this week.
The engineering consortium will accelerate the production of agreed new design, based on existing technologies, which can be assembled from materials and parts in current production.
The head of the consortium, Dick Elsy said in a statement, “This consortium brings together some of the most innovative companies in the world, I am confident this consortium has the skills and tools to make a difference and save lives.”
The group, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Ford and Formula One racing teams, said it expected to get a very prompt regulatory sign off after the final audit.
Dyson, Vacuum Cleaner Company has said it has also received an order of a newly-made ventilator.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an urgent appeal earlier this month for manufacturers to start making specialist health equipment including ventilators ahead of an expected peak of the coronavirus pandemic that could overwhelm the health service.
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