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Bahrain's F1 circuit to build Covid-19 ventilators and share blueprints worldwide

100 machines have been ordered after approval from Bahrain's Ministry of Health

Bahrain's F1 circuit to build Covid-19 ventilators and share blueprints worldwide

The breathing apparatus was designed in just two weeks for non-ICU patients in need of respiratory assistance.

Bahrain’s annual Grand Prix may have been postponed this year as a result of coronavirus, but engineers from the track have been using their expertise elsewhere – in the race to defeat the deadly Covid-19 virus.

The engineers are to produce hundreds of ventilators for patients, and they are sharing the blueprints across the world, free of charge.

The breathing apparatus was designed in just two weeks for non-ICU patients in need of respiratory assistance.

The device was then built from scratch in partnership with intensive care doctors from Salmaniya Medical Complex's Respiratory Therapy Department and Medical Equipment Department. And an order has been placed for the first 100 machines following extensive testing and approval by Bahrain's Ministry of Health.

Fayez Ramzy Fayez, chief operating officer at Bahrain International Circuit, said: “At a time of global crisis, we have been seeking ways in which the BIC can support the fight against Covid-19. Our engineers have met that challenge by designing a ventilator system specifically to support those suffering from Covid-19.”

Initially, two different machines were designed and both have been approved – the first by design team lead and BIC mechanical engineer Kamel Al-Taan and the other by Tareq AlTajer.

Bahrain International Circuit is also sharing the blueprints free of charge to organisations around the world amid global efforts to increase ventilator capacity. 

Fayez added: “As this is a global effort, we are happy to make these designs available to other organizations around the world who are seeking to find similar solutions.”

 Bahrain International Circuit has hosted the annual Formula One Championship since 2004.

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