NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Elon Musk, asking the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to produce ventilators to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19.
Updated below with comment from mayors office.
The mayors tweet came out of a discussion on Twitter that began Wednesday evening between Musk and Nate Silver, the author and editor-in-chief of @FiveThirtyEight.
Musk, who has in the past downplayed COVID-19 in emails to employees and on social media, tweeted Wednesday evening that Tesla would make ventilators if there is a shortage. Silver responded, noting that theres a shortage now, how many ventilators you making?

There's a shortage now, how many ventilators you making @elonmusk?
Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 19, 2020
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