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Musk said that the ventilators will be delivered for free to hospitals treating coronavirus patients, and he will even be covering the costs for shipping within Tesla's delivery regions.
Based upon data from Tesla's interactive "Find Us" webpage, it appears that the delivery regions will be highly extensive, including:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
- South Korea
Although Tesla has not said precisely how many ventilators it can offer, or how it will assign priority to requests, this is an extremely generous move, and another great example of the private sector stepping up to help battle the global pandemic.
As stated on Reuters, governments across the planet have asked aerospace companies and automakers to help them acquire or manufacture ventilators and other medical equipment amid the wild outbreak, which more than 770,000 people have contracted globally.
Earlier this week, the automaker Ford Motor Co. said it will move forward with the production of 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days in a Michigan-based plant, in a joint project with General Electric's healthcare unit. Should the need for ventilators exceed the 100 day mark, the new partnership says it is prepared to develop 30,000 additional units per month as needed for coronavirus patient treatment.
Last week, Musk donated more than 1,200 ventilators to California officials for use in hospitals treating coronavirus patients, according to a local news website. Regarding that batch of ventilators, Musk said that the devices were bought in China and airlifted to the American state.
"China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night and airshipped them to LA. If you want a free ventilator installed, please let us know!"