Elon Musks says he’s prepared to provide ventilators to hospitals struggling to treat people infected with novel coronavirus.
In a tweet, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla said that he would provide the ‘FDA approve’ ventilators to hospitals for free, following up on a promise made earlier this month.
‘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,’ wrote Musk in a tweet.
As of Tuesday afternoon, confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US approached nearly 182,000 while deaths climbed to 3,699.
The move comes a little more than two weeks after Musk offered to help produce more ventilators if the US runs out.
The CEO of SpaceX previously told his Twitter followers that ‘if there is a shortage’ he would step in to make ventilators for patients in intensive care who are struggling to stave off COVID-19.
‘We will make ventilators if there is a shortage,’ Musk tweeted in response to a fan’s suggestion the billionaire should repurpose his factory for the task.
General Motors and Ford say they are also prepared to help manufacture ventilators as the US faces shortages.
Musk has been already delivered more than 1,000 ventilators to a California hospital to help with the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
Additionally, Tesla delivered 50,000 face masks to the Seattle home of a University of Washington physician to help protect healthcare workers as they grapple with the shortages of personal protective equipment.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (pictured) has directed the aerospace company to begin making face shields and hand sanitizer to bolster supplies for medical workers
The aid comes after Musk downplayed the severity of the coronavirus on Twitter calling panic over the pandemic ‘dumb.’
In addition to providing ventilators, SpaceX has started to make its own face shields and hand sanitizer and donate them to hospitals in California.
An internal memo reviewed by CNBC suggests the company delivered 75 face shields over the weekend to Cedars Sinai, a health facility near the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Unlike respirator masks, shields cover the whole face from the top down in a suspended layer of plastic.
The company also reportedly donated 100 ‘tyvek’ protective suits to medical workers there and is currently working on making hand sanitizer that ‘complies with CDC guidelines and is effective at killing the COVID-19 coronavirus,’ according to CNBC.