Make us ventilators to fight coronavirus, UK government asks manufacturers

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask manufacturers to retool production...

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference addressing the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, Britain March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Pool

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask manufacturers to retool production to start making specialist health equipment including ventilators and will look at using hotels as emergency hospitals to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Britain has taken a distinctly different approach to tackling coronavirus from European countries such as Italy, Spain and France which have imposed stringent lockdowns to try to slow the spread of the disease.

“The prime minister will speak to British manufacturers including Unipart Group to ask them to support production of essential medical equipment for the NHS,” a Downing Street“He will stress the vital role of Britain’s manufacturers in preparing the country for a significant spread of coronavirus and call on them to step up and support the nationwide effort to fight the virus.


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How about make space shuttles move to Mar? mr Johnson

China build a purpose built hospital in 10 days ... the UK stop making cars & jet engines we need ventilators 🤔🙄🤡 sounds great in theory

Place an order with a specification that’s how it’s done

how's that whole Brexit thing working out...

And no schools closing still Boris ?

That was a great request 8 weeks ago when Wuhan was building hospitals overnight.

People forget you need more nurses, respiratory therapists, lab techs, to care for patient on ventilator

Ireland makes 50%of the world's ventilators. We'll send your some if you let NI row in with the rest of the island in the Covid_19ireland measures.........

Classic Johnson diversion. Allocating blame to a completely unrelated party, who could only be linked by the most general similarity. Throw under the bus, car manufacturers - forced to leave UK b/c Brexit - for not making ventilators. Nowt to do w/ Tory neglect for over a 13 yrs.

People of the UK are falling for the Tories trick. They are focussing on the rights or wrongs of the controversial Herd Immunity Strategy, which is intended to deflect attention away from how totally under resourced & unprepared the NHS is to cope with the impending crisis.

colin_furze he's the best!

Today in Italy 400 people died in a single day due to mishandling of coronavirus & UK is going on same path.

DavidBrentMovie aka rickygervais once said, when those around you are losing their heads and you do nothing then you dont get the seriousness of the situation. He also said one day you are the pigeon the next you are the statue. Wise words.

Well now don't share them with Them either

Tory embarrassment continues...they just find new ways to dig deeper.

Whatever happened to 'herd-immunity'

People that voted for these dumb populists....Boris and Trump ...did it by their own. Hope they enjoy their vote and how that their candidates act in a crisis

This is exactly why other countries are going into/already in lockdown! To slow the spread and allow emergency services time to prepare (e.g. get ventilators). They're not doing it for fun!

For save severe patients.

Uh oh, did he ask realDonaldTrump for permission?

Why not looking up the countries that are now getting a turning-point from outbreaks. South Korea especially can give him an important lesson what to do right now rather than 'Herd Immunity.' His strategy is particularly harmful to those vulnerable in UK.

If it’s war field we r ready with war supplies for 6 or more months and we r not even ready to take care of our people from corona!

He's had 3 weeks to get the plans together before everyone gives him shit about this. Italy had 130 cases of this at that point & it was all scaremongering as i recall. China only told the world that this virus existed 8 weeks ago, when the world had 500 cases.

and ask people to wear masks in public

oxygen is rather important after all

Need ecmo Getinge!! Swiss company

This man needs psychologist doctor no..non dovevi fare l'immunità di gregge!?

Why not just close schools colleges and encourage social isolation to fight it? Why wait until people need ventilators?

criminal Boris Johnson

Did he snap his fingers?


who's going to operate them you geniuses?

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