Elbit Systems begins production of mechanical ventilation devices
TEL AVIV, (BM) – Israeli defense company Elbit Systems said today, April 13, that it was redesigning its assembly lines for the production of thousands of mechanical ventilation devices (MVDs), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The country’s government considers local production as a priority to compensate for the shortage of this medical equipment due to the Covid- coronavirus pandemic 19.
Future ventilation devices manufactured by Elbit Systems will allow Jewish state medical centers to provide primary care to patients suffering from less severe respiratory diseases, said the company, which is known for its advanced developments in shock and defensive weapons systems, as well as surveillance equipment.
Head of Procurement at the Israeli Ministry of Health, Orly Weinstein, said the country should be self-sufficient in the production of critical medical products, as “some suppliers in other countries overcharge or cancel orders.” “The sooner you identify needs in your own healthcare field, the faster you can place orders for equipment,” Weinstein said in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Calcalist.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, there are currently around 3,500 mechanical ventilation machines, or about one for every 2,500 citizens. In comparison, the United States has up to 200,000 ventilators, one for every 1,635 Americans. Israeli authorities are determined to increase their national reserve of ventilation devices to 7,000 by next month.
According to recent data, 11,235 cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Israel, 110 patients with a diagnosis of Covid-19 died. Currently, there are 181 coronavirus-infected Israelis undergoing treatment in intensive care units.
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