Tesla to supply FDA-approved ventilators free of cost

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 01, 2020, 01.34 PM(IST)

Doctors helping patients in Milan Photograph:( Reuters )

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The need for additional ventilators has taken centre stage in the ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus and the ventilator has become a critical first line of defense for patients infected by the virus.

Tesla has planned to supply FDA-approved ventilators free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric car maker delivers.

In addition to this, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also announced that he and his companies have access to additional FDA-approved ventilators.

The need for additional ventilators has taken centre stage in the ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus and the ventilator has become a critical first line of defense for patients infected by the virus.

Also, the Unites States has stopped importing N95 respirators from China.

"We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device and shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please or @Tesla know," Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

Musk also said the company's Gigafactory facility in New York would soon reopen to begin producing ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Musk had offered 1,255 ventilators for free to help fight COVID-19 pandemic. He has also donated 50,000 N95 surgical masks and various protective items to a hospital in the US.