Cash call to take Covid-19 UV face mask into production - The Redditch Standard

Cash call to take Covid-19 UV face mask into production

A SENIOR citizen from Redditch is urging investors to get behind a reusable face mask capable of beating coronavirus developed by her nephew’s company.

Immunologist John Maudsley works for Medi-Immune, a company which has devised a compact, wearable, breathing device called ProtectiveAir which will protect frontline healthcare staff from all known pathogens – virus carrying microcosms like Covid-19.

The device, which is re-usable and employs ultra violet light to destroy the germs, has already been tested and validated by Public Health England at their Porton Down laboratories.

A further test is planned in two weeks’ time against coronavirus which the company is confident it will pass.

Medi-Immune spokesman John Willcocks said they had already received enquiries for two million of the devices and the numbers were rising.

All they needed was a backer to scale up production.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from China, but they don’t realise we’re just a small company.

“We need a large organisation, ideally our Government, whom have been entirely deaf over the past three years to our pleas to be prepared, to get involved and make this a reality.

“I fear that like many other British innovations, it will be heading overseas.

“But no matter, we want to be saving people everywhere from this awful disease, as soon as possible.”

Medi-Immune say the devices will not only work against this pandemic but will be effective against the next airborne pathogen too.

Helen Barker, John Maudsley’s aunt, said: “They are doing amazing work and they have a fantastic product but it’s money that’s stopping them from producing it.

“It’s reusable too so there would be little waste, unlike the throw away masks hospitals have at the moment.”

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