After Elon Musk’s offer to make ventilators, New York mayor says they will buy them

Musk looks on at SpaceX Falcon 9 post-launch news conference in Cape Canaveral
SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on at a post-launch news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RC12CE22F3F0

Earlier this week Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to repurpose part of his factories to manufacture ventilators in order to help with the global outbreak of the coronavirus. In the middle of the global pandemic, hospitals around the world are warning of an impending shortage of ventilators if hospitals become overloaded with patients.

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Despite being ridiculed by many on Twitter and in mainstream media for his generous offer, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signalled his intention to buy those ventilators from Musk.

A recent report from The New York Times estimates New York would require around 18,000 ventilators if the outbreak continues on its current track. That sort of demand would overwhelm the medical infrastructure in place, making Musk possible ventilators critical in dealing with the pandemic.

It is unclear how quickly Musk can repurpose his factories to begin manufacturing ventilators, but he believes the height of the pandemic will be over by the time they can begin making a significant amount.

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