More than 3000 ventilators have been delivered to the federal government from Australian manufacturer ResMed to assist the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It represents more than half of the 5500 ventilators purchased from the company by the federal government for the COVID-19 stockpile.
Industry, science and technology minister, Karen Andrews, said the delivery from ResMed follows extensive work to secure and increase domestic supply.
“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,” she said.
The government has purchased 500 “Astral” invasive ventilators and 5000 “Lumis” non-invasive ventilators from ResMed.
ResMed president and COO, Rob Douglas, said ResMed is proud to support the Australian government in their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” he said.
So far, 260 “Astral” invasive ventilators and 3000 “Lumis” non-invasive ventilators have been produced and delivered.
Health minister Greg Hunt said the latest delivery by ResMed, with 2500 more to come, builds on the 4400 existing units in Australia.
A further 2000 is being manufactured by Australian company Grey Innovation and its consortium of local manufacturers and engineering firms.
“We have been working closely with ResMed, and across government to establish procedures to use the company’s non-invasive ventilators within the care continuum for COVID 19 patients,” Hunt said.
“These additional ventilators will help to ensure we have sufficient supplies to meet the increased demand we expect in coming months.
“Our national aim over the next few months is simple, suppress the virus, increase our testing and tracing, and slowly ease the restrictions.”