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Not since the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in the early 20th century has the UK experienced a pandemic with the impact that we have seen with COVID-19.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
In March 2020, the Prime Minister called on manufacturers to help the UK step up production of vital medical equipment the nation would need to respond to the crisis. The HVM Catapult has been at the forefront of efforts to equip the healthcare front line with some of the tools it needs to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 and save lives.
Reaching out to the HVM Catapult’s contacts throughout the UK’s engineering community, our CEO, Dick Elsy, pulled together an industrial consortium to tackle the COVID-19 ventilator challenge.
Experts from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) have joined the national taskforce to develop, trial and manufacture an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
The HVM Catapult Centres donated over 100,000 items of PPE kit and by manufactured key items, such as face visors and intubation shields.