Elon Musks says he is willing to provide hospitals with fans if they are put into service immediately
Elon Musks Says He Is Ready To Deliver Free ‘FDA Approved’ Fans To Hospitals Within Tesla’s Delivery Range If Started Immediately
- Elon Musks tweeted that he is ready to supply fans to hospitals for free
- The CEO says he will direct the machines if they are put into operation immediately
- The offer comes after the promise to make fans in case of a shortage
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Elon Musks says he is willing to supply fans to hospitals who struggle to treat people infected with new coronavirus.
In a tweet, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla said he would provide the “ FDA-approved ” fans to hospitals for free, following a promise made earlier this month.
“We have additional FDA-approved fans. Ships to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device and shipping costs are free. The only requirement is that the vents are immediately needed for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please [let] me or @ Tesla know, “Musk wrote in a tweet.
As of Tuesday afternoon, confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US were approaching nearly 182,000, while the death toll rose to 3,699.
The move comes just over two weeks after Musk offered to help produce more fans if the US ran out.
The CEO of SpaceX previously told his Twitter followers that he would “ intervene if there is a shortage ” to create fans for patients in the intensive care unit who are struggling to avert COVID-19.
“We will make fans if there is a shortage,” Musk tweeted in response to a fan’s suggestion that the billionaire should reuse his factory for the job.
General Motors and Ford say they are also willing to assist in the manufacture of fans because the US is facing shortages.
Musk has already delivered more than 1,000 respirators to a California hospital to help treat patients with COVID-19.
In addition, Tesla supplied 50,000 face masks to the Seattle home of a doctor from the University of Washington to help protect health workers as they struggle with the lack of personal protective equipment.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (pictured) has instructed the aerospace company to begin making face shields and hand sanitizer to boost supplies of medical workers
The help comes after Musk downplayed the severity of the coronavirus on Twitter and called the panic “stupid” about the pandemic.
In addition to supplying fans, SpaceX has started making its own face shields and hand sanitizer and donating them to hospitals in California.
An internal memo reviewed by CNBC suggests that the company delivered 75 face shields to Cedars Sinai, a health facility near the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, last weekend.
Unlike breathing masks, shields cover the entire face from top to bottom in a floating 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 ‘meets CDC guidelines and is effective in killing the COVID-19 coronavirus,’ CNBC.