Elon Musk to reopen Tesla's NY gigafactory to boost ventilator production

Tesla to reopen Giga New York in South Buffalo to produce ventilators

Elon Musk says New York Tesla factory to reopen for ventilator production: "We will do whatever is needed to help"

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Wednesday that Giga New York, the Tesla facility in Buffalo, would reopen "as soon as humanly possible" for ventilator production.

Businesses in the United Kingdom such as Dyson and Rolls-Royce have stepped up to convert their production sites into manufacturing lines for ventilators following calls from the government for support from industry as the NHS faces a shortage. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator, also said that anyone who has been in NY recently should self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the virus from spreading.

Earlier this month, he poured cold water over people's concerns around the virus after calling the coronavirus panic "dumb".

This news comes after Tesla's Chinese team and Musk managed to secure about 1,000 ventilators from China and delivered them to hospitals in California.

On Wednesday this week, Musk took to social media to announce Tesla's Gigafactory 2 solar cell and module plant in Buffalo (New York) will reopen "as soon as humanly possible", to produce the devices used to mechanically assist those struggling to breathe at hospitals.

"Equipment and PPE is an ongoing issue. Ventilators, ventilators, ventilators - I didn't know what they were as few weeks ago aside from the cursory knowledge, ' he said, but now he nearly 'knows too much".

"This is a critical moment for our state and our country".

The state has approved the technology to split ventilators across two patients at a time, Cuomo said, but admitted that it is "not ideal but we believe is workable".

Cuomo said the need for ventilators is so critical because coronavirus "is a respiratory illness for a large number of people".

NY has more cases of the illness than any other U.S. state and accounts for almost half of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. The severity of the outbreak has stoked fears among local leaders than New York's hospitals will run out of key supplies, such as ventilators, face masks and hospital beds. Gov. Cuomo said that 7,000 more ventilators had been procured and the government had sent about 400, but it was not enough.

Cuomo has thanked several other businesses that have donated services and supplies to the state of NY to help it battle the pandemic including JetBlue, Estee Lauder and SoftBank.

Estee Lauder has donated 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and vows to keep giving 10,000 a week to help alleviate the supply shortage in hospitals. Facebook will also be donating the 720,000 masks it had purchased during the California wildfires and plans to source millions more.

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