James Dyson invents new ventilator, making 15,000 for healthcare providers

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(CNN) — Dyson may be known for vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, but the coronavirus has forced the company to shift its focus to ventilators.

James Dyson designed a new one in just ten days.

Now he’s making 15,000 of them to fight COVID-19.

He sent a letter to employees confirming the British government’s order for 10,000 units.

According to Dyson, the company designed and built an entirely new ventilator called the “Co-Vent” after getting a call ten days ago from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Dyson says the Co-Vent is designed for COVID-19 patients and can be manufactured quickly — which is key as the demand rises fast.

A company spokesperson says the ventilators should be ready by early April.

Dyson says he will donate 5,000 ventilators for the international fight against the pandemic.

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