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16 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

UK regulator approves first new ventilator

By Samuel Horti

The UK medicines regulator has approved the first new ventilator design, following government calls for engineers to create the devices for patients with Covid-19.

The government has put in 15,000 orders for the device, produced by Oxford-based firm Penlon in collaboration with Formula One racing teams, Ford and Siemens.

The first units of Penlon’s Prima ES02 model will ship today, with 40 heading to a Ministry of Defence base for delivery to hospitals.

Several new devices are still awaiting approval: a report in the Times yesterday suggested at least ten ventilators were under review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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