Tesla plans to supply FDA-approved ventilators at zero cost, says Musk

Elon Musk

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday the automaker has extra FDA-approved ventilators that can be delivered free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric automaker delivers.

“Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know,” Elon Musk wrote in a tweet here.

Tesla did not immediately clarified that many ventilators it has to offer, or how they will prioritize requests.

Governments throughout the world have appealed to automakers and aerospace companies help procure or manufacture ventilators and other medical equipment to fight against the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 902,511 people and killed over 45,299 people worldwide.

In United States, regions hard hit by the pandemic have asked Trump administration and manufacturers to accelerate production of ventilators to cope with an increase in patients. About 199,221 people in the US have been confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus. The virus has killed 4,373 people in the country.

Ford Motor has said it will produce 50,000 ventilators during the next 100 days at a plant located in Michigan in collaboration with General Electric’s healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 on monthly as needed to treat patients affected with the coronavirus.

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