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Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the companys factory in Buffalo, New York will open as soon as humanly possible to produce ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His comments, which were made Wednesday via Twitter, follows previous statements by the CEO outlining plans to either donate ventilators or work to increase production of the critical piece of medical equipment needed for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. And since there is no clinically proven treatment yet, ventilators are relied upon to help people breathe and fight the disease. There are about 160,000 ventilators in the United States and another 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply, the NYT reported.


Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 25, 2020
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