South Africa produces its first ventilatorsChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 1, 2020
South Africa has completed the first batch of ventilators which would be used to fight the coronavirus, said the country's Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel during a coronairus conference on Friday.
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South Africa now has the world's fifth highest infection burden of around 480,000 confirmed cases. It launched a 250 million rand (14.7 million U.S. dollars) project in April to design and produce ventilators in the country.
Twenty thousand units in all will be produced.
Patel pointed out that the shortage of live prolonging ventilators should be a wake up call to African countries to capacitate their manufacturing base. ■