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Virgin Galactic’s Satellite Unit Has Made a COVID-19 Ventilator for Non-ICU Use

Observer, April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

Virgin Galactic’s Satellite Unit Has Made a COVID-19 Ventilator for Non-ICU Use

The goal of mass-supplying a simple ventilator is to free up more intensive-care ventilators for severely ill patients. “We face a slow-motion Dunkirk, and getting ventilators out there is very important to save lives,” said Brian J.F. Wong, a professor at UC Irvine and a member of the Bridge Ventilator Consortium. “The demand outstrips supply, so it is important the government, industry, academia, non-profits and the community work together to identify solutions, and design and construct them as fast as possible.”