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Quick Hits: Tesla Starts Making Medical Devices

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will manufacture ventilators in case of a shortage.

As the spread of coronavirus continues, America is facing medical supply shortages and domestic factories are volunteering manufacturing capacity to help ease the burden. According to a recent Mashable article, the latest instance is famous serial entrepreneur Elon Musk offering to make ventilators for hospitals “if there is a shortage.” The offer was in response to a tweet from a Telsa owner asking Musk to “repurpose your factory to make ventilators which are needed ASAP.” 

An estimate from The Society of Critical Care Medicine suggests 960,000 people may need to be put on ventilators as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the U.S. only has about 200,000 of them. Less than a week later, Musk announced he’ll have 1,200 ventilators ready for delivery within days. 

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