FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk speaks after announcing Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon in Hawthorne, Calif. Tesla Inc. reports earnings on Wednesday, Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk decided to use his contacts and no shortage of pull to help out those in need here in the states.
It was reported that Musk donated over 1,200 ventilators to hospitals who needed them. Musk confirmed that he purchased the ventilators from China and had them expedited to the states where he then had them airlifted to hospitals to get them to those who need them as quickly as possible.
“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!” tweeted Musk.
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
The Daily Wire reported that the ventilators are no small donation:
The ventilator donation shows a massive investment in the United States hospital system, particularly due to the cost and rarity of ventilators. Medical technology manufacturer Medtronic estimates that new ventilators can cost between $5,000 and $50,000, depending on the model.
The United States has 160,000 ventilators in hospitals across the nation with a stockpile of 12,700 ventilators in reserve according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, but has stated that should things get worse then we’ll definitely have a shortage.
“If you don’t have enough ventilators, it’s obvious people who need it will not be able to get it. That’s when you’re going to have to make some very tough decisions,” said Dr. Fauci.
According to Reuters, ventilators will now be manufactured here in America as President Donald Trump authorized Tesla, Ford, and General Electric to start manufacturing them in their factories.
“We’ve been in regular dialogue with federal, state and local officials to understand the areas of greatest needs,” said Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett.
According to the Seattle Times, Musk and Tesla had recently donated 50,000 face masks to the University of Washington Medicine where they were desperately needed.