Britain orders ventilators from vacuum-maker Dyson as F1 teams stand ready

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Dyson has received an order from the United Kingdom government to produce 10,000 ventilators to support the National Health Service's effort to heal coronavirus patients and will donate an additional 5,000 to help the fight against the global pandemic.

CoVent is a new ventilator specifically designed by Dyson and TTP in response to a call for help from manufacturers from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His device is called the CoVent and is specifically meant to support coronavirus patients.

"We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the U.K. Government which we will supply on an open-book basis", James Dyson said on Wednesday in an e-mail to staff seen by Reuters.

A letter, obtained by CNN, from Dyson founder James Dyson to the company's employees, confirmed the news.

Numed, a well established company in business since 1975 provides a wide range of service options including time & material service, PM only contracts, full service contracts, labor only contracts & system relocation.

A spokesperson for the company, best known for its hand dryers and vacuum cleaners, said the ventilators would be ready by April.

The company responded saying it was merely answering questions from journalists about the ventilators, which it expects to be in hospitals within weeks, subject to regulatory approval.

Dyson says the CoVent is designed for COVID-19 patients and can be manufactured quickly - which is key as the demand rises fast amid the pandemic. "The race is now on to get it into production", he said.

A second British company, Gtech, is also working on the production of fans and has submitted two examples to the government for evaluation.

"We are also looking at ways of making it available internationally".

Dyson also wrote in his letter he would donate 5,000 ventilators to the worldwide effort against the global pandemic.

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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