New ventilator receives approval in UK's battle against coronavirus

New ventilator receives approval in UK's battle against coronavirus
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A new ventilator from medical device company Penlon has received regulatory approval from Britain in the first such go-ahead as part of ramped-up efforts to combat the coronavirus, an industry source said on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Governments around the world are trying to boost the number of ventilators - mechanical breathing devices that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs - available to their health services.

Britain has ordered around 10,000 of the breathing machines from a consortium including Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

 

A statement is due as soon as Thursday, the source said.

A spokeswoman at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency deferred to the Cabinet Office, which declined to comment.

Penlon did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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