1,500 ventilators a week to roll off production lines by May, say manufacturers - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to a leading manufacturing group, at least 1500 ventilators a week could be produced in the UK by the end of the month to help in the fight against Covid-19, as reported This is Money on Thursday.

  • There are reportedly 8000 ventilators currently being used by the NHS, which is due to receive 30 new ventilators next week with the Government promising hundreds more to follow.

  • However, it is believed that at least 30,000 ventilators will be needed to deal with the peak of the pandemic.

  • The Ventilator Challenge UK group, which includes Rolls-Royce, Airbus, and leading Formula One racing teams, said it had received a formal order to provide the NHS with 10000 ventilators, adding on Thursday it would be "scaling up" production, aiming to make 1500 machines a week, by early May.

  • The consortium has used its design and building resources to help deliver two different models, under the codename Project Oyster, which involves involving making slight modifications to an existing design by Penlon.

  • The group is also increasing production of the Smiths Medical's ParaPac ventilator, under Project Penguin.

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