After spending about $ 25 million on the project, British tech company Dyson says the British government doesn’t need the ventilator it developed to help treat COVID-19 patients, Reuters reported. The company, known for its vacuum cleaners, said last month that it had ordered 10,000 respirators from the British government and developed one it called CoVent.
Dyson was awaiting regulatory approval for the design of the CoVent, which would have been built in 10 days using the company’s existing engine technology. The portable fan mounted on the bed can run on battery if necessary.
Respirators are required to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients, many of whom suffer from severe respiratory symptoms. Other companies – including GM, Ford and Tesla – have turned to fan development in the past few weeks as demand for the devices has increased.
James Dyson, the founder of the company, said he did not regret the time and resources spent on the fan. “Fortunately, they are not necessary,” he said in a statement, adding: “I have some hope that our fan can still help the response in other countries, but it requires more time and investigation. “