Tesla CEO, Elon Musk Delivers 1000 Ventilators To Californian Hospitals
Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk has helped deliver 1,000 ventilators to Californian hospitals to help battle the novel coronavirus.
California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom announced the donation at a press conference.
“I told you a few days ago that [Musk] was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week. They’ve arrived in Los Angeles… It was a heroic effort,” he had said.
Elon Musk had initially said Tesla could make ventilators from their factory. He also said he didn’t think there will be a shortage by the time his ventilators were ready. Ford and General Motors had also offered to step in in the eventuality of a shortage of ventilators.
These ventilators were not made by Tesla with Musk admitting that he shipped them from China, putting to bed speculations around the subject. In a tweet, he said China had an oversupply which he air-shipped.
Yup, China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA. If you want a free ventilator installed, please let us know!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2020
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Different manufacturing industries in the US have also been volunteering to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are pitching in to provide personal protective equipment like masks and gowns, ventilators. Many hospitals around the U.S. have said are in dire shortage of this equipments in recent weeks.
More than 46,000 cases of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. have been confirmed positive. It also has a death toll of almost 600, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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