Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

NY Officials Urge Elon Musk to Reopen Tesla Gigafactory 2 for Ventilator Production

NY Officials Urge Elon Musk to Reopen Tesla Gigafactory 2 for Ventilator Production

"We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of NY", he wrote. There have been over 30,000 positive cases confirmed in the state. Officials have warned that ventilators, needed to help patients breathe, remain in short supply. The US now has 160,000 ventilators, with 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply, reports The New York Times, but the country could need up to a million machines over the course of the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Estee Lauder has donated 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and vows to keep giving 10,000 a week to help alleviate the supply shortage in hospitals.

'We are talking to the federal government about more ventilators, we're shopping for ventilators ourselves, we're splitting ventilators, and we're converting anaesthesia ventilators, ' said Cuomo.

The state is "still shopping for more ventilators now across the country" but "we need more", he said. He said Medtronic is open sourcing one of its lower-end ventilators in less acute situations for others to make ventilators as quickly as they can. "One of our ventilators will be made by them and they are fast on track", Ishrak said.

Tesla Inc., known for making electric vehicles and solar roofs, announced last week that it would suspend most production and close its factories in Buffalo and California.

Musk's tweets also come just over a week after he resisted calls to shut down Tesla's Fremont, California factory, despite a local county order demanding the closure of all non-essential businesses.

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According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, there are 471,518 confirmed cases across the world and 21,293 deaths recorded. The study said that based on their models, the total number of infections citywide on February 18 could have exceeded 125,000.

Tesla also purchased 1,255 ventilators from China and delivered them to the city of Los Angeles. Gov. Gavin Newsom described the delivery as a heroic effort.

He also outlined points in a letter to the SpaceX and Tesla CEO.

Multiple carmakers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat, have all recently announced plans to turn their attention to the production of medical gear, but timescales for deliveries remain murky.

The U.S. does have a national stockpile of medical equipment, known as the Strategic National Stockpile, in case of medical emergencies.

"There is no doubt that COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for NY, for our nation, and for the entire world".

Musk had previously tweeted that Tesla's Giga New York facility in Buffalo would be retooled for ventilator production "as soon as humanely possible".

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