May 19, 2020 / 8:17 AM / 14 days ago

UK ventilator consortium says scaling up in case of COVID-19 second spike

FILE PHOTO: Ambulance and air ambulance crews work to stabilise a patient with possible COVID-19 symptoms who was found unconscious having suffered a cardiac arrest while cycling in Botley, near Southampton, Britain May 6, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - A consortium of British aerospace, automotive and medical companies said they were ramping up ventilator production to make sure there were enough available should there be a second spike in the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“We are continuing to scale up our production capabilities to make sure that there is always a ventilator available when a patient needs it should a second wave strike the UK,” said Dick Elsy, Chairman of VentilatorChallengeUK and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Costas Pitas

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