Once again, despite the naysayers saying it couldn’t be done, Tesla CEO Elon Musk delivered over 1,000 ventilators to California yesterday.
The news, confirmed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, comes just days after Musk said he would help the COVID-19 outbreak by manufacturing ventilators at his now shut down factories.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom with some praise for Tesla CEO Elon Musk:
"Elon Musk: How about this? I told you a few days ago that he was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week. They've arrived in Los Angeles. … It's a heroic effort."
— Bryan Anderson (@BryanRAnderson) March 23, 2020
While neither Tesla nor Space-X manufactured these ventilators, Musk was able to source them from China. Hospitals there had an oversupply after their outbreak was contained last month and has now been virtually eliminated.
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
Now begins the difficult task of finding homes for these ventilators and installing them at hospitals throughout the country. According to Newsom, this work has already begun with Musk already in talks with hospital associations to get them where they are needed.
This comes on the same day that Tesla delivered 50,000 N95 masks to Washington State, which so far is the epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak in the US.
A quick photo of 50,000 N95 masks and uncountable PAPR helmets from @Tesla @elonmusk @omead_a for #COVID19 response in my garage before they were loaded into @UWMedicine trucks. GRATEFUL TO TESLA for this lightning fast donation. We are so in need right now. https://t.co/MZJ3jxZExk pic.twitter.com/OJwC5STvJ2
— Dr. Adams Waldorf (@uwdrwaldorf) March 22, 2020