The German Army donated 60 cellular ventilators to Britain following requests for assistance NHS race to get enough life-saving equipment in launch to the expected peak of the British Covid-19 pandemic in mid-April.
Officials have been racing to get an international ventilator because British manufacturers have not been able to produce enough time.
A spokesman for the German defense ministry confirmed to the Guardian a report in Der Spiegel, which he said was the report Bundeswehr will send 60 pieces of life-saving equipment as soon as possible.
Highlighting the urgency of the British situation, the German ministry said it would not charge Britain for ventilators, which were made by two German specialist producers, Dräger and Weinmann.
The NHS currently has around 10,000 ventilators available, but Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that 18,000 are needed to ensure there will be sufficient capacity in seven to 10 days, when it is believed the number of cases will peak.
More than 480 ventilators are understood to have arrived in Britain from abroad since March. They have been bought or donated from China, which has supplied 300, the US, German, Sweden and Taiwan.
Donald Trump said this week that Britain had been in touch to catch up to the shipment of 200 ventilators that had been ordered from US companies, saying, “They really need them.”
NHS officials say 1,500 other ventilators are being ordered and will arrive in the next two weeks, and several thousand more will come from British manufacturers in the weeks after that.
That would still leave the NHS below the 18,000 Hancock target, but the Department Health confirms that enough ventilators will be available to handle the peak of coronavirus cases, because the strategy is to stay ahead of patient demand.
Ventilators are very important in keeping the sickest coronavirus patients alive. Britain only had 5,000 medical devices available in mid-March, when the severity of the disease became clear.
The ministers asked the private sector to make ventilators part of the UK Ventilator Challenge initiative, but despite positive responses from a series of UK companies, it took time to make the device, which also needed regulatory approval before it could be used.
Stefan Dräger recently said his company had doubled its production volume in February this year and was under pressure to double it when demand from countries around the world began to flow. Dräger, 57, told Der Spiegel that he hoped that “a challenge [of the Covid-19 pandemic] in the UK will be greater than in Spain “, due to the uneven distribution of intensive care beds.