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Dyson designs, builds new type of ventilator for coronavirus patients in 10 days

The appliance maker is reportedly supplying 10,000 of its CoVent ventilators to the UK's National Health Service.

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There are ventilator shortages worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Dyson reportedly designed and built a new ventilator in 10 days. Called the CoVent, 10,000 units of the new system are being supplied to the UK's National Health Service after the company received a request from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to CNN. The ventilators will help treat coronavirus patients.

"A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world," James Dyson reportedly wrote in a letter to employees. "The race is now on to get it into production."

The ventilators will be ready in early April, according to CNN, with Dyson also set to donate 5,000 CoVent machines globally.

Dyson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.