Dyson to produce 15,000 ventilators to help with coronavirus fight

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2020

In an email to staff, the inventor said his eponymous company designed the "CoVent" at the request of Boris Johnson, and promised to donate 5,000 to the worldwide relief effort.

The technology company Dyson's announcement that the Government has ordered 10,000 of its newly designed coronavirus ventilators has sparked a row amid claims approved designs should be prioritised.

British tech appliances company Dyson has received an order from the United Kingdom government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country's National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients.

Prof Nick Oliver, from the University of Edinburgh's Business School, commented that time could be wasted if inexperienced companies tried to design and produce their own ventilators.

But he stressed that any design would need regulatory approval.

A Dyson spokesperson said the ventilators should be ready by early April. Dyson, who has wealth worth US$10 billion (AUD$16.5bn) according to Bloomberg, wrote in his letter that he would also donate 5,000 units to the global effort to tackle the pandemic.

The country's existing stock of about 5,000-8,000 ventilators is inadequate if cases jump as predicted.

Sir James said teams of engineers had been working solidly on the design since receiving the call from the Prime Minister 10 days ago, and the UK Government had placed an initial order of 10,000 units.

"The race is now on to get it into production".

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

Dyson has announced it will develop a new type of medical ventilator for the NHS, to help with coronavirus.

Airbus, Smiths, Ford and Mclaren are among a number of different firms which will be involved in the process, with the idea that some degree of output, whether that is making components or full ventilators, should ideally begin next week, said a source close to the process. The Globe offers the dos and don'ts to help slow or stop the spread of the virus in your community.

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