True to his word, Elon Musk delivers over 1,000 ventilators to help battle COVID-19 outbreak

Musk looks on at SpaceX Falcon 9 post-launch news conference in Cape Canaveral
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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.

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.

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.

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