In an effort to combat the growing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state of New York, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has promised hundreds of ventilators.
According to BBC News, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has promised hundreds of ventilators to the struggling state of New York. Musk says the first round of ventilators will arrive in New York as of Friday, April 3rd.
Following Musk’s announcement, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, thanked Tesla’s chief executive and proclaimed that they’re incredibly grateful for his assistance. He went on to say that the state is in desperate need of ventilators, and will need every one they can get in order to save the most amount of lives in the coming weeks.
According to the governor of New York, the state has seen over 600 deaths. As the situation begins to become more severe, and the number continually increases, the scarcity of their medical resources does as well. New York has the most COVID-19 cases in all of the US.
The need for a ventilator is very high because the virus attacks respiratory systems. When infected with the virus it becomes harder to breathe. According to the governor of New York, the state needs about 30 thousand more ventilators in order to cope with the virus’ apex.
So far, Elon Musk has dedicated 1200 ventilators to New York, but he also recognizes that it is simply not enough. To help match the demand, he will be reopening one of Tesla’s factories in the state. The factory was previously designed to build solar cells, but will now be used to build and manufacture more ventilators.
General Motors and Ford are expected to follow in Tesla’s footsteps.