Virgin Orbit, a rocket company owned by Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, has teamed up with medical researchers to develop a ventilator device that plans to mass-produce and send to hospitals across the United States. “It’s a very simple and powerful design that allows us to deliver this equipment very quickly to those and hospitals who need it most,” said Kevin Zagorski, head of Virgin Orbit’s ventilator program.
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Virgin Orbit’s devices can compress medical Ambu manual plastic bags to help patients breathe. With the outbreak, the shortage of ventilator equipment in the United States is becoming more and more serious.
Dan Hart, chief executive of Virgin Orbit, noted that the company is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval, saying the company wants to “bring useful equipment to the hospital as soon as possible.” “
Virgin Orbit does not have an exact timetable for when it will receive FDA approval. But Virgin Orbit expects the approval process to take only a few days, as ventilator devices will be granted an “emergency use authorization” by the FDA.
Virgin Orbit hopes to produce hundreds of thousands of devices a week in the near future, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Musk’s aerospace airline SpaceX has begun producing hand sanitizers and masks and has begun developing ventilators.