UK’s COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge Scores First Success
UK anesthesia products manufacturer Penlon has received UK regulatory approval for a new ventilator, having taken up the government’s Ventilator Challenge in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Many companies in the engineering sector flocked to support the UK government’s initiative to urgently manufacture more ventilators. Now the government has said that some of their contributions are no longer required. Is the work wasted?
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