Elon Musk delivers hundreds of ventilators bought in China to US

Elon Musk delivers hundreds of ventilators bought in China to US
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Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskTesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says Space enterprises, both NASA and commercial, fall prey to the coronavirus pandemic Dyson designs new ventilator, will produce 15,000 to fight coronavirus MORE on Monday announced that the electric car company had bought hundreds of ventilators, a medical device crucial to combating severe cases of the coronavirus, from China and shipped them to the U.S.

"China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA," Musk tweeted late Monday night.

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The move by Tesla comes as different manufacturing industries, including auto, are pitching in to help fight against COVID-19. Along with personal protective equipment like masks and gowns, ventilators are a product many hospitals around the U.S. have said are in dire shortage.

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomTesting struggles emerge as key hurdle to reopening country Social distancing works, but resistance prompts worries of growing crisis Newsom announces partnership with FEMA to find shelter for most vulnerable homeless populations MORE (D) confirmed Tuesday that Musk had given California, one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, 1,000 ventilators.

There are more than 46,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. with almost 600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.