COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.
It isn't clear based on Musk's statements when the Buffalo plant would reopen or how long it would take to convert a portion of its factory, which is used to produce solar panels.
"What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?" Ryan praised Elon Musk and the Tesla team for their work so far, but the Assemblyman stressed that the all-electric vehicle maker's Buffalo-based facility could be repurposed to help fill the gap in medical supplies critical to the face the challenges of the novel coronavirus.
"We do make these critical care ventilators which are in very high demand".
Tesla is one of several tech executives providing medical supplies to the USA amidst shortages.
I look forward to working with Tesla and New York State as ventilator production begins to ramp up in Buffalo. "One of our ventilators will be made by them and they are fast on track", Ishrak said. WGRZ reports Tesla is now working with Medtronic to produce ventilators at its Fremont plant, but more are needed in the Empire State.
Recall that Tesla had recently announced that it was suspending operations at its factories at Fremont and NY where it produced electric vehicles and solar panels respectively. Earlier this week, he announced that Tesla had bought surplus ventilators in China and shipped them to the USA for distribution, a 1,000 of which went to California. Tesla also sent approximately 50,000 face masks to medical experts at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Ford and General Motors have also begun producing ventilators. In the past week, technology companies have started to ship mask stockpiles to US states in need. He said Medtronic is open sourcing one of its lower-end ventilators used in less acute situations so that other companies can make them as quickly as possible.