A new spray, created by Michael Pritchard (CEO of Essex, UK-based Pritchard Spray Technology Ltd.), co-developed with the British Army and tested by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), reportedly kills all coronavirus strains in under 60 seconds with 99.99% efficacy, LSTM reported.
More than 50,000 bottles of the hand-held VIRUSEND spray formula are currently being deployed to military personnel across the UK who work alongside the National Health Service (NHS) at coronavirus testing stations as part of the military’s ongoing support to civil authorities. It is also being used at testing sites in Medway and Preston, UK.
Pritchard worked to perfect the antiviral spray in partnership with the British Army, which uses compressed air instead of volatile organic compound (VOC) gasses, is fully recyclable and fully re-useable.
The product was developed in conjunction with, and partly funded by, the British Army in addition to a £180,000 Innovate UK grant from the British Government’s specialist team who have been funding projects in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Army asked LSTM to conduct tests at their Bio Security Level 3 Laboratory. Scientists from LSTM tested the formula over a period of five weeks and VIRUSEND meets two key requirements of the British and European standards, BSEN:14776 and BSEN:16777.
The spray is also undergoing clinical evaluation at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 7 clinical environments including, A&E, COVID positive and low risk wards, intensive care and operating rooms.
The spray allows the holder to use the bottle in any direction, even upside down, and gives the ability to utilize 100% of the liquid inside—reducing waste.
“The second wave is upon us and a third one looms,” Pritchard said. “VIRUSEND offers a low risk to health combined with maximum lethality, proven efficacy, compliance with the correct standards and the very short contact time.”