LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has approved a ventilator from medical device company Penlon which will be built as part of a consortium including Airbus and Rolls-Royce in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are working closely with our supply chain partners to rapidly scale up production to achieve our target of at least 1,500 units a week of the combined Penlon and Smiths models,” said Dick Elsy, the chief executive of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton)