Tesla CEO addresses allegations over the delivery of ventilators for U.S. hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.
On March 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Elon Musk was donating over 1,000 ventilators to California hospitals in an effort to address ventilator shortages for COVID-19 patients. The coronavirus mainly affects the lower respiratory tract, which pulls in the air from the upper respiratory tract that includes nasal passages, absorbs the oxygen and releases carbon dioxide in exchange.
Thus, the most critical COVID-19 cases must rely on artificial respiration and must be immediately connected to a ventilator in order to supply their organs with oxygen. However, an article published on Tuesday by the Sacramento Bee, claimed that “not one unit has been delivered – and Musk likely never had the real ventilators our hospitals need”.
Additionally, a CNN report published on Thursday that quoted a spokesperson of the California governor’s Office of Emergency Services, made similar allegations. According to Teslarati, a website covering Tesla-related news, Elon Musk responded to those reports by providing screenshots of Tesla’s communication with hospitals in California indicating that the donations have indeed been made. One of the screenshots details an email sent by Mr. Phillip Franks of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services on March 27, confirming that the donated units worked well during testing, and that they will be put into use the next day.
Furthermore, the Tesla CEO tweeted on Thursday a picture showing a list of hospitals all across the United States that were the beneficiaries of the donation. The shipments included more than 120 units for hospitals located in the state of California.