WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elon Musk bought more than a thousand ventilators from China to be distributed to different hospitals in the United States amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed Musk’s purchase to reporters on Monday, March 23.
- Aside from the ventilators, Musk has also ordered medical masks to be given to medical personnel, and hospitals.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has bought a stockpile of ventilators from China to be given to different hospitals for free amidst the shortage of supplies due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Musk turned to Twitter to announce the purchase. He wrote, “China had an oversupply, so we bought 1,255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA. If you want a free ventilator installed, please let us know!”
Ventilators are one of the vital equipment used in hospitals to help patients with serious symptoms, to breathe.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California confirmed the arrival of shipments on Monday saying, “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 an (sic) heroic effort.”
Furthermore, Musk said that Tesla and SpaceX are planning to manufacture ventilators whether or not the equipment will still be needed once the production starts.
Aside from the ventilators, Musk has also ordered medical masks from overseas, though the shipment caught a bit of a hiccup at LAX.
On Monday, he gave an update on Twitter that the masks have been cleared for release by the FDA, adding that “LAX, U.S. Customs and the FDA are all working together to expedite critical PPE shipments. Glad to hear it’s resolved.”
Source: USA Today