Elon Musk Delivers 1,255 Medical Ventilators to California Officials Amid COVID-19 Spread
The world continues to step up its fight against the Coronavirus outbreak, and billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is helping in that battle by donating over one thousand ventilators to authorities in California.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen with each passing day, with death tolls rising, and the number of people infected by the disease also going up, everyone can only cling to hope.
Despite the odds, the world continues to do everything possible to combat the disease, with many people staying indoors in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus. Donations are also coming in from celebrities to help in the fight against the disease.
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also playing his part in a bid to curtail the virus and help those affected by it by donating 1255 ventilators to authorities. This donation is coming a week after he said that his companies were working on securing ventilators.
In a tweet confirming the delivery of the ventilators, Musk said that the ventilators were approved by the FDA, and were bought from china, from where they were shipped to Los Angeles. In another tweet, he said:
"Thanks, Tesla team, China Customs Authority & LAX customs for acting so swiftly."
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
Before Musk tweeted about the delivery of the ventilators, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, already announced it while delivering a press conference.
Newsom reminded that Elon Musk said in the previous week that he would have 1000 ventilators, and had made good on that promise because the ventilators were now in Los Angeles.
Ventilators help with breathing functions, while oxygen therapy served as the major treatment intervention for patients whose coronavirus cases were severe
Thanks Tesla China team, China Customs Authority & LAX customs for acting so swiftly— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2020
The governor further said that the entrepreneur was already working with the hospital associations and others involved to have the ventilators distributed to where they are needed.
The availability of the ventilators is a good development, coming at a time when the World Health Organization advised countries to increase the number of ventilators available.
This is because the ventilators help with breathing functions, while oxygen therapy served as the major treatment intervention for patients whose coronavirus cases were severe.
Vibbbe pic.twitter.com/21WKNOnMXZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 31, 2020
Meanwhile, carmakers are also stepping up with the manufacture of ventilators in their factories. This is as a result of calls from some governments to car companies to help in making more ventilators and facemasks to help curb coronavirus.
Fiat began the conversion of one of their Chinese car plants into a facemask plant so that they can start making about a million masks a month. They expect to begin production in the coming weeks.
Other major car manufacturing firms are also making plans to convert their car plants into ventilation plants and begin the production of ventilators, while also pledging their support to offer resources to the manufacture of ventilators. With more support from people like Elon Musk, Covid-19 will definitely be beaten.
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