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May 29, 2020

Coronavirus Update: New ventilator designed by team at Budapest’s Technical University goes into production

A newly-designed ventilator by a team at Budapest’s Technical University, developed in the space of just two months, is being put into production.

 

A newly-designed ventilator by a team at Budapest’s Technical University, developed in the space of just two months, is being put into production.

Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Resources, Sándor Pintér, Minister of the Interior, and László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, visited the ventilator’s production hall on Thursday.

According to MTI, Palkovics said domestic production of the device was a “milestone”, noting that at the start of the novel coronavirus epidemic, ventilators were being purchased from abroad.

Kásler insisted that the ventilator was “world-class”, saying the device had the functions of machines already in use but its electronics allowed additional ones. He said that whereas Hungary has a sufficient number of ventilators, it was unknown how the epidemic would develop in the future. Unlike many countries, the Hungarian government has taken timely measures to control the epidemic, he added, noting the country’s favourable statistics.

The prototype of the ventilator was made by the university, while state-owned company BM Heros Zrt is putting it into production. The production hall, incorporating special hygiene and safety conditions, was built in five weeks and is expected to produce ten ventilators each day.

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