Dyson has announced it will develop a new type of medical ventilator for the NHS, to help with coronavirus.
Billionaire founder James Dyson said he had drawn on the company's expertise in air movement, motors, power systems, manufacturing and supply chain to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent, that could be deployed in this time of "grave worldwide crisis". His device is called the CoVent and is specifically meant to support coronavirus patients.
Founder James Dyson designed a new one in just 10 days at the request of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Vacuum and hand dryer manufacturer, Dyson, has begun designing ventilators after it reportedly received an order from the United Kingdom for 10,000 units during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company is now waiting for the design to receive regulatory approval so manufacturing can commence.
In a statement, Dyson said it had been working with The Technology Partnership, a medical company based in Cambridge, to develop a "meaningful and timely response". "This is clearly a time of grave worldwide crisis, I will therefore donate 5,000 units to the global effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom". "This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume".
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"We are also looking for ways to make it available internationally".
Dr Federico Formenti, part of the xVent team, said: "Creating new designs that can complement existing models can help meet the demand".
Britain has said it is trying to boost the number of ventilators available to its publicly funded health service by using some from private hospitals and building more domestically if possible.
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Diplomats and the crew of worldwide airlines and vessels will still be permitted into the country, according to the statement. It added that there may be even further reductions to inbound and outbound worldwide flights if the pandemic deteriorates.