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Friday, 27 March 2020 22:45

Tesla Delivering Ventilators to NY Hospitals Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Written by Brad Bergan, Interesting Engineering

Tesla CEO Elon Musk would have Medtronic, Philips and ResMed ventilators delivered to New York hospitals March 26, according to his recent tweet.

"Working on that with Medtronic. Given NY pressing needs, we're delivering Resmed (sic), Philips, & Medtronic ventilatrors to NY hospitals starting tonight," tweeted Musk on March 26.

 

When another account asked for updates on ventilator production, Musk tweeted "Tesla Owners Silicon Valley" in reply.

 

The imminent delivery of crucial ventilators to New York State comes one short day after Musk assured the world the company's Gigafactory in Buffalo would reopen "as soon as humanly possible," to manufacture ventilators and assist New York in its fight to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Musk posted news of the reopening factory March 25, adding that his company would do "anything in their power to help the citizens of New York."

 

Musk's saving throw also comes roughly a week following New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio replying directly to an earlier tweet of Musk's that asked which hospitals were experiencing ventilator shortages.

 

In the reply, de Blasio clarified York hospitals were experiencing serious shortages in medical supplies.

 

"We're reaching out to you directly," said de Blasio.

 

As the death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to rise, industry leaders like Bill Gates and Musk and their organizations---the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tesla, respectively---are in the industry spotlight as leaders of tech in a time of pandemic.

 

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