The British government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the novel coronavirus disease crisis.
The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the National Health Service. The order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly.
Dyson has had hundreds of engineers working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch. It hopes to build the ventilators at scale from its UK base in Wiltshire – using aircraft hangars that were used to stuff parachutes in World War Two.
However, the blitz spirit the company is keen to channel will not likely produce immediate results. It is thought that even if regulatory approval is forthcoming, it could take a couple of weeks to move from prototype to the device being made in significant scale needed by patients infected with the virus.