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 MuskHow competition will make the new space race flourish What James Van Allen got wrong about NASA's International Space Station Trump drags mild-mannered regulator into political firefight 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 NewsomOvernight Health Care: Newsom imposes new restrictions on businesses as coronavirus surges in California | Trump maintains coronavirus will 'just disappear' at some point | Six months in, coronavirus failures outweigh successes Jennifer Aniston urges fans to 'wear a damn mask:' 'It really shouldn't be a debate' Change demands collaboration 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.