F1 Ventilator Flops as Engineers Get it Wrong and UK Government Cancels Order

IT is being widely reported in the UK that the British Government has cancelled an order for several thousand ventilators being produced by a consortium including the Red Bull and Renault Formula 1 teams.

Known as the BlueSky ventilator it was being developed alongside specialist manufacturers Life Technologies but the order was cancelled as experts fear that the ventilators would not be suitable for treating coronavirus due to worries that the device would be unable able to cope with numerous changes of setting which would be required to remove fluid from the lungs, which often affects sufferers.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office (which is responsible for ordering the ventilators) explained that the decision was made “following a reassessment of the product’s viability in light of the ever-developing picture around what is needed to most effectively treat Covid-19.”

All of the Formula 1 UK based manufacturers are attempting to produce viable ventilators for the NHS which needs to increase the number it possesses from 10,000 to 18,000 although in the last week, just 200 machines have been added to the stockpile.

Whilst around 2,000 are on order from existing manufacturers, there are numerous provisional orders such as that placed for the BlueSky machine but a government spokesperson revealed that there are currently sufficient beds and ventilators still available so that anyone “who needs intensive care treatment or a ventilator has access to it.”

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews


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