Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk donated more than 1,200 ventilators March 23, staying true to his word he will do what he can to support medical facilities currently struggling against the coronavirus outbreak.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed the shipment of ventilators in a briefing March 23.
Addressing reporters, Newsom said Musk and team are already working with authorities to distribute the ventilators. The governor seemed very grateful for the donation, describing it as a “heroic” push.
“Elon Musk: how about this? I told you a few days ago he was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week. They arrived in Los Angeles, and Elon Musk is already working with the hospital association and others to get those ventilators out in real time. It’s a heroic effort,” Newsom said during the briefing.
In a recent tweet, Musk noted the ventilators delivered to CA came from China, which currently has an oversupply of the machines.
After acquiring the units, Musk and team opted to airship them to Los Angeles, where they could be distributed to medical facilities that need them.
Musk also clarified in his post that the 1,200 ventilators airshipped to the U.S. would be distributed for free.
“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!” Musk wrote.
Interestingly enough, Medtronic, the company which produced some of the ventilators airshipped from China, also confirmed on Twitter it had discussions with Musk and Tesla about potential solutions for hospitals.