UK ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ as Johnson opts out of EU COVID scheme

Euractiv | Mar 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM
  • The UK government has been accused of ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ after it confirmed it had opted out of an EU joint procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The UK currently has 8,000 ventilators available and Johnson’s government has signed a contract for 10,000 ventilators with Dyson, the vacuum cleaner firm whose founder, James Dyson, was a prominent campaigner for Brexit.
  • The government has also called on manufacturing firms to convert their factories to produce ventilators, surgical masks and other protective equipment.