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Government orders 10,000 Dyson ventilators to battle coronavirus

por Arnette Root (2020-06-07)

Downing Street has admitted it might take 'months' to bring in thousands of ventilators for the NHS - despite fears that the disease could peak at Easter.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said 8,000 of the vital machines had been sourced, as part of efforts to bolster the health service's capacity to 16,000.

However, while many of those should be in use 'in the coming weeks', the spokesman suggested 'thousands' would take much longer. 

Experts believe the NHS will need at least 30,000 of the devices to avoid huge numbers of deaths when the outbreak is at its height. 

The comments came as separate efforts to get manufacturers to produce ventilators took a step forward, with the government ordering 10,000 from Dyson - despite the engineering giant never making them before.  

Billionaire entrepreneur James Dyson has said 'the race is on' to get the medical machines created specifically for the pandemic.

The British firm, most famous for its best cordless vacuum cleaner cleaners, says it has a prototype tested on humans and could start delivering them from mid-April, pending 'regulatory approval'.   

Dyson has released pictures of their CoVent ventilator, shown here in a design image on the side of a hospital bed, as the Government placed an order for 10,000 to fight coronavirus

James Dyson has said the 'the race is on' is to convert production to making the machine (pictured in design images) so it can help the NHS

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi was grilled on the BBC's Newsnight over ventilator numbers and when new ones would come on stream






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