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COVID-19: Spain will make respirators on 3D printers

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COVID-19: Spain will make respirators on 3D printers

In the coming days, the manufacture of respirator 3D printers in Spain will be approved, after several entities claim to be ready to start production. The announcement was made today by Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa. Particle respirators are recommended for situations in which the infectious agent is transmitted by air and are important for providing assisted breathing to those infected with the new coronavirus.

An alliance between public and private companies has developed a respirator with a 3D printer that has been validated by specialists at Hospital Parc Taulí in Sabadell (Catalonia) and that will serve to supply hospitals in the midst of a coronavirus crisis.

The consortium of companies ensures that the Leitat 1 device (name of the prototype) can reach a production capacity between 50 and 100 units per day next week and that its approval by the Spanish Medicines Agency is imminent.

The Catalan public health system (CatSalut), through the Terrassa health consortium (CST) and the Parc Taulí hospital in Sabadell, joined the project, together with HP, Seat, Leitat and the Zone industrial pole consortium Franca de Barcelona (CZFB). The production of the device will also be monitored by the companies Airbus and Navantia, as well as smaller communities of "manufacturers", with the aim of increasing production capacity in the coming days.

Spain is one of the countries most affected by the new coronavirus, having registered 462 deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours and an increase of 4,517 in the number of infected, according to the daily update made today by the country's health authorities.
According to figures from the Spanish Ministry of Health, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has had a total of 33,089 cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which 2,182 have died and 3,355 have been discharged and are considered cured. The new coronavirus, responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 341,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 15,100 have died.

Source: El País

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