March 17, 2020 / 6:22 PM / 14 days ago

UK companies have just weeks to make thousands of ventilators - PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 17, 2020. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Some British companies are working to make thousands of ventilators in just a few weeks to help more people survive the coronavirus, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“They (businesses) are working incredibly hard in the next few weeks, and we really only have a few weeks, to build literally thousands of ventilators that this country will need,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Writing by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison

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