Tesla's purchase comes as governments across the globe appeal to
automakers and aerospace companies help procure or make
ventilators and other medical equipment.
"China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed,
Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped
them to LA," Musk said on Twitter.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said the state would
receive 1,000 ventilators from Tesla as the United States braces
to deal with an influx of patients infected by the coronavirus.
Authorities are hoping large-scale manufacturers can use their
low-cost supply chains and digital design expertise, including
3D printing, and repurpose some factories in order to make up
the expected shortfall in vital medical hardware.
Carmakers have cautioned that assembling delicate medical
equipment to standards adequate for use in hospital intensive
care units remains a challenge.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Jason Neely)
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