Great Britain

Boris orders 10,000 coronavirus ventilators from car and plane manufacturers

Car and plane manufacturers like Ford and Airbus are answering government calls to pitch in with the production of more life-saving equipment. The manufacturers have started production of 10’000 additional ventilators as soon as possible.

The NHS currently has 8’000 of the assisted breathing devices to hand.

They are expected to order 10,000 more on Monday to help in their fight against the lethal virus.

The devices will be built by a group of businesses pooling their resources.

Ventilator Challenge UK is comprised of companies such as Ford, Airbus, McLaren and Rolls-Royce.

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CAR AND PLANE MANUFACTURERS have announced they will be pooling resources to make 10'000 ventilators (Image: Getty Images)

The groups leader, Dick Elsy, spoke to the Sunday Telegraph about it’s aims to help the NHS beat the disease.

He said: “This project is a testament to the fantastic people who, in a little over a fortnight, have come together to provide a solution to the challenge we are facing.”

The order comes after Dyson pledged to produce more ventilators.

Dyson is making 10,000 for the NHS and an additional 5,000 to be sent overseas.

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MICHAEL GOVE announced the news of the orders on Sunday. (Image: Getty Images)

Michael Gove has said on Sunday that he has been in contact with the companies.

He said: “We've done a deal with Dyson, which means that - provided all the appropriate tests are passed - we can have an additional 10,000 ventilators.

“There are other companies, from McLaren to Rolls-Royce and others, who are changing the way in which they manufacture in order to join in the national effort to increase the ventilator capacity available.”

He has also confirmed that the UK will not be taking part of the EU scheme allowing for additional ventilators.

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VENTILATORS are being by manufacturers like Dyson to help the UK fight coronavirus. (Image: Getty Images)

McLaren said its state-of-the-art operations are fulfilling a number of tasks to help with the crisis, including making components.

McLaren Automotive are also allegedly designing bespoke hospital trolleys which ventilators are fixed to in hospitals. 

Ford said it will also be producing a new kind of respirator in collaboration with multinational conglomerate 3M for health care workers.

According to the company, the Powered Air-Purifying Respirator consists of a clear mask that sits on the face connected to a tube, which air is drawn through to be filtered through a pump.

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BORIS JOHNSON and Michael Gove allegedly rejected joining the EU's ventilator scheme. (Image: Getty Images)

The news follows Michael Gove’s announcement that the UK has achieved 10’000 tests in one day.

He also declined to give a timescale for when frontline NHS nurses will get access to tests.

The UK currently has 19,522 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Of those who have contracted the virus, 1,228 have died.

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