Dyson has announced that it has designed its own ventilator from scratch in just 10 days – and it will be used across the UK to tackle the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Called the CoVent, the product will provide 11,000 to the UK and Dyson will donate a further 4,000 ventilators abroad.
The company, headed by globally-renowned British inventor and entrepreneur, Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the government.
The order is still subject to passing NHS medical tests, but these are set to be prioritised over everything else, in order to speed up the product’s implementation.
Hundreds of Dyson engineers have reportedly been working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch – following discussions between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dyson himself.
Currently, the NHS has 8,000 ventilators, but the government believes it can obtain a further 8,000 from its suppliers. The government estimates that the NHS will need at least 30,000 to deal with the current crisis.