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Taiwan develops indigenous ventilator prototype, proving its capability to help amid pandemic


Taiwan revealed the prototype of an indigenously  developed ventilator, demonstrating the country's success in using its scientific and technological capabilities and proving that they can help in fight of COVID-19 pandemic.


In the face of the worldwide ventilator shortage, Taiwan has now developed its first ventilator prototype, highlighting its ability to produce high-end medical equipment on its own. This is enabling the country to take advantage of its strengths and become a link in the global ventilator supply chain.

The device was based on a design released by U.S. medical technology company Medtronic, said the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). More than 500 key components are required for the ventilator, a type of equipment that is highly sought-after as hospitals worldwide scramble to treat patients with severe COVID-19 infections.

Taiwan is expected to manufacture 10 indigenous ventilators by October for type approval and produce 100 by June of next year. The nation also seeks to share its expertise in making the ventilators, calibration, and verification know-how.

ITRI Vice President and General Director of Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories Chii-Wann Lin stated that since the beginning of the outbreak, ITRI has emphasized the integration of technologies from various disciplines. This has resulted in a series of technologies and applications, such as rapid virus screening, body temperature detection/monitoring, and home care management.
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