New British Army spray kills Covid in 60 seconds – and costs just £7.99

A NEW disinfectant spray developed by the British Army can kill coronavirus in 60 seconds – and costs just £7.99.

The military-grade formula, called Virusend, has proven to be 99.99 per cent effective in killing SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19.

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It's already being used by the army at Covid testing sites in Medway, Kent, and Preston, Lancs.

Now more than 50,000 bottles are being rolled out to military personnel working alongside the NHS at Covid testing stations across the country.

It was developed by inventor Michael Pritchard MBE, from Essex, who came up with the unique formula during the first lockdown.

The 53-year-old, who once appeared on Dragon's Den, worked on the environmentally friendly antiviral spray in partnership with the British Army's innovation experts.

Virusend underwent five weeks of rigorous testing at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in their Bio Security Level 3 Laboratory.

The experts at the world leading institute found Virusend to be 99.99 per cent effective in killing coronavirus in one minute.


Dr Grant Hughes, from LSTM, said: “We tested the Virusend formula on a strain of SARS-CoV-2.

"Our tests show this product is highly effective at reducing SARS-CoV-2.

"This significant reduction is seen within one minute of contact with the virus, meaning Virusend is highly effective at inactivating SARS-CoV-2.”

Virusend is the only product available commercially in the UK for surfaces which currently meets the two key requirements of the British and European standards, BSEN:14776 and BSEN:16777.

It uses compressed air instead of VOC flammable gasses, is fully recyclable and fully re-useable.

CLINICAL TRIALS

The spray is also undergoing clinical evaluation at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in seven clinical environments including A&E, Covid positive and low risk wards, intensive care and operating theatres.

The Army directly recommended collaborating with the health service and donated 2,000 sprays for this evaluation.

Professor David Jayne, Director of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Co-operative said: "We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Army and Pritchard on this project.

“Partnerships are the backbone of the work that we undertake in the Leeds MedTech Co-operative in Surgical Technologies in our ambition to pull novel technologies into clinical practice.

“If the clinical trials are successful, we hope that the technology will be made widely available to help protect our staff and patients.”

The pioneering spray works using Mr Pritchard's patented Anyway spray technology, which produces a much higher density spray than anything currently on the market today.

The innovation,was successfully pitched by Mr Pritchard on the BBC show Dragon’s Den in 2009, attracting joint investment from Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis.

It also allows the holder to use the bottle in any direction, even if it is upside down and giving the ability to utilise 100% per cent of the liquid inside – reducing wastage.

Mr Pritchard said: "The second wave is upon us and a third one looms. Regional lockdowns are causing anger and anxiety.

"We need more fire power in the battle to defeat this disease as well as products that actually meet the correct standards.”

 

“Virusend will change the way we combat this and all future pandemics. It offers a low risk to health combined with maximum lethality, proven efficacy, compliance with the correct standards and the very short contact time.

“We want to give the UK the tools it needs to defeat coronavirus and get back on its feet as soon as possible.”

The product was was partly funded by the British Army in addition to a £180,000 InnovateUK grant from the British Government’s specialist team, who have been funding projects in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

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