Musk ships sur­plus ven­ti­la­tors from China

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Nathan Bomey

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has ac­quired a trove of ven­ti­la­tors from China and shipped them to the U.S. for dis­tri­bu­tion to hos­pi­tals in need dur­ing the coro­n­avirus.

Musk said on Twit­ter that “China had an over­sup­ply, so we bought 1255 FDA-ap­proved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ven­ti­la­tors on Fri­day night & air­shipped them to LA.”

“If you want a free ven­ti­la­tor in­stalled, please let us know!” he added.

Many U.S. hos­pi­tals are des­per­ate for more ven­ti­la­tors amid a short­age caused by the COVID-19 pan­demic; the ill­ness makes it hard to breathe in the most se­ri­ous cases.

Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Gavin New­som con­firmed to re­porters Mon­day that Musk had se­cured the med­i­cal equip­ment.

“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 heroic ef­fort,” New­som said, ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg.

Musk has said Tesla and SpaceX are tak­ing steps to be­gin ven­ti­la­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing, though he has ex­pressed skep­ti­cism whether they’ll still be needed once pro­duc­tion ramps up.

Musk also has ap­par­ently taken steps to im­port med­i­cal masks to help al­le­vi­ate an­other coro­n­avirus short­age.

“We have a mask ship­ment stuck at LAX. Hope­fully freed up soon,” he said Sun­day on Twit­ter.

On Mon­day, the air­port tweeted: “OK, af­ter some ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­gat­ing we’ve found that this ship­ment has since been cleared for re­lease by the FDA. LAX, U.S. Cus­toms and the FDA are all work­ing to­gether to ex­pe­dite crit­i­cal PPE ship­ments. Glad to hear it’s re­solved.”

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