Elon Musk has committed to helping the world in this pandemic crisis over the latest coronavirus, the Covid-19.
Following the steps from some other motor companies, in which they want to help in some ways they could.
The Tesla founder made an offer to help produce ventilators to help the patients with coronavirus and who would need it desperately.
The health experts have made clear already that there is a shortage of ventilators for those who will be in critical or severe infection from the coronavirus. Some days earlier, Musk was saying that “danger of panic still far exceeds danger” from the Covid.
And he even made a cite of a CDC graph saying that there was an over-allocation of medical supplies and other resources for the coronavirus at the expense of other illnesses. Many might find that he has a point but at the moment, ventilators are much needed and nothing could argue with that.
On Wednesday night, he replied through his twitter, saying “We will make ventilators if there is a shortage”. He is willing to have his companies, Tesla and SpaceX with the crucial ventilators production.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio already made an offer. He tweeted on Musk on Thursday.
Musk isn’t the only one who proposed about using his manufacturing facilities to make this equipment. Yesterday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra
This isn’t the first time that Musk put himself into the international crisis. He became famous in 2018 for SpaceX creating a submersible vessel and rescued the soccer team that was trapped in Thailand.
The Twitter conversation went on like this:
This is great news. I don’t know exactly which hospitals are most in need, but my understanding is NYC and Seattle hospitals are in acute danger. If you’re a hospital with a ventilator shortage or someone in a position to compile a list, please let @elonmusk and me know here.
Tesla makes cars with sophisticated have systems. SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems. Ventilators are not difficult but cannot be produced instantly. Which hospitals have these shortages you speak of right now?
Musk then told Blasio that he would “connect with your team to understand potential needs.”
Many of the American automakers are eyeing on shutting down their factories because of the pandemic.
Other companies like General Motors and Ford have talked to Whitehouse on how they can help in producing ventilators.
Mark Truby of Ford said, “As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employers of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment.”
General Motors made a statement too, “GM is working to help find solutions for the nation during this difficult time and has offered to help, and we are already studying how we can potentially support the production of medical equipment like ventilators.”
About 1 million patients might need ventilator treatment during this crisis. Some other medical gears are already on shortage.
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