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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 18:51

Tesla's Elon Musk Announces Worldwide Deliveries of FDA-Approved Ventilators

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


Elon Musk has announced he and his companies have access to additional FDA-approved ventilators that can be shipped worldwide free of charge using Tesla’s delivery network.

The announcement comes amidst requests for ventilators from medical facilities across the country and in foreign territories currently dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.


Ventilators are used to aid COVID-19 patients who are in need of assistance when breathing. Still, there has been a reported shortage in units as the number of infected cases continues to grow. This is especially prominent in U.S. hotspots like New York, as well as in countries such as Italy.


“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please (let) me or @Tesla know,” Musk tweeted March 31.


Musk has served as a notable piece in solving the ongoing ventilator shortage in the U.S. amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23, Musk donated more than 1,200 ventilators to the city of Los Angeles. Musk purchased the ventilators from China after the country had an oversupply of ResMed, Philips and Medtronic brand machines. The ventilators were air shipped and delivered to the city free of charge.


Musk’s effort to provide cities in need went far outside of his home state of California. On March 27, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reported a late-night conversation with Musk the prior evening resulted in the Tesla and SpaceX CEO donating hundreds of additional ventilators to the state, including the region’s public hospitals.

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