You may remember when we reported that British technology company Dyson built a COVID-19 ventilator in a mere 10 days in order to help the country with the current outbreak. The device was called the "CoVent," and the firm had received an order for 10,000 of its planned 15,000 units for the UK's National Health System.
An important contribution
Now, it turns out the British government is saying it no longer needs Dyson's ventilator, according to Reuters.
“Mercifully they are not required, but we don’t regret our contribution to the national effort for one moment,” said Dyson founder James Dyson in a statement.
“I have some hope that our ventilator may yet help the response in other countries, but that requires further time and investigation."
Dyson also added that his firm had spent around 20 million pounds ($25 million) on the ventilators. Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported that the firm had to redesign its initial model because officials changed the specifications.
The UK government has revealed it needs 18,000 ventilators and that it currently has 10,800. Ventilators are used in the most extreme cases of COVID-19 when patients have severe respiratory problems.
At the time of its production, Dyson had said that his firm's ventilator was ideal for use in COVID-19 cases.
Dyson had stated that "This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume," which is extremely good news as ventilators are in high-demand from hospitals globally. Dyson added that the machine was "designed to address the specific clinical needs of COVID-19 patients."
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