Elon Musk Sends Over 1,200 Ventilators To Hospitals

By Annie Baker ● March 24, 2020
  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that he bought hospital ventilators from China and had them shipped to the U.S.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that he bought hospital ventilators from China and had them shipped to the U.S. A number of companies and governments around the world are working with automakers and aerospace companies procuring or building ventilators and medical equipment due to a shortage.

Manufacturers are able to leverage their low-cost supply chains and 3D printing capabilities to help build essential medical hardware. But carmakers are warning that building medical equipment to standards for use in intensive care units can be challenging.

“China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA,” said Musk in a tweet.

California Governor Gavin Newsom noted that the state will receive 1,000 ventilators from Tesla.