Medical device company ResMed has delivered more than 3,000 ventilators to the Federal Government to help defeat the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The company, which makes sleep apnea machines and ventilators at its Sydney factory, has ramped up production to meet an order for a total of 5,500 ventilators to add to the national stockpile.
ResMed President and COO Rob Douglas said ResMed was proud to support the Australian Government in their efforts to combat the pandemic.
Douglas said: “We will continue to work with the Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, as well as with suppliers and governments from around the world, in a strong public-private partnership to support health care workers in their valiant efforts to save lives.”
Australia has been hit by 71 deaths and 6,625 virus infections, with ventilators crucial to survival in the most serious cases.
Industry minister Karen Andrews said: “ResMed is a wonderful Aussie manufacturer that has stepped up in these unprecedented times to ramp up its production of ventilators.
“ResMed is a terrific example of the incredible manufacturing capacity that Australia has right here at home, and shows how Aussie ingenuity can save lives.”
The Government has purchased 500 Astral invasive ventilators and 5,000 Lumi’ non-invasive ventilators from ResMed.
So far 260 Astral invasive ventilators and 3,000 Lumis non-invasive ventilators have been produced and delivered.
The new ResMed machines add to the 4,400 existing units in Australia and a further 2000 being manufactured by Grey Innovation in Victoria.
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