A new ventilator from medical device company Penlon has received regulatory approval from Britain in the first such go-ahead as part of ramped-up efforts to combat the coronavirus, an industry source told Reuters on Thursday.
Governments around the world are trying to boost the number of ventilators - mechanical breathing devices that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs - available to their health services.
Britain has ordered around 10,000 of the breathing machines from a consortium including Airbus (AIR.PA) and Rolls-Royce (RR.L).
A statement is due as soon as Thursday, the source said.
A spokeswoman at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency deferred to the Cabinet Office, which declined to comment.
Penlon did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.