Elon Musk delivers hundreds of ventilators bought in China to US

Elon Musk delivers hundreds of ventilators bought in China to US
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Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskDyson designs new ventilator, will produce 15,000 to fight coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus deal includes funds for mail-in voting | Twitter pulled into fight over virus disinformation | State AGs target price gouging | Apple to donate 10M masks Apple will donate 10 million masks to health care workers in US MORE on Monday announced that the electric car company had bought hundreds of ventilators, a medical device crucial to combating severe cases of the coronavirus, from China and shipped them to the U.S.

"China had an oversupply, so we bought 1255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips & Medtronic ventilators on Friday night & airshipped them to LA," Musk tweeted late Monday night.

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The move by Tesla comes as different manufacturing industries, including auto, are pitching in to help fight against COVID-19. Along with personal protective equipment like masks and gowns, ventilators are a product many hospitals around the U.S. have said are in dire shortage.

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomGun sellers listed as 'critical' infrastructure California governor: 170 ventilators sent from Trump administration were 'not working' Texas AG says gun stores are essential, should remain open amid pandemic MORE (D) confirmed Tuesday that Musk had given California, one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, 1,000 ventilators.

There are more than 46,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. with almost 600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.