Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last month that he had obtained more than 1,000 ventilators to help California hospitals treat patients infected with coronavirus, an effort that the Gavin Newsom government has hailed as “heroic” .
Now, more than three weeks later, the governor’s office reports that none of the promised ventilators have been received by hospitals.
At a press conference on March 23, Newsom said the devices, which can provide life-saving assistance to patients infected with the virus, have already arrived in Los Angeles and are on their way to hospitals in need.
“I told you a few days ago that he was likely to have 1,000 fans this week,” said Newsom. “They’ve arrived in Los Angeles, and Elon Musk is already working with a hospital association and others to get these fans out. It’s a heroic effort. “
Shortly after the dramatic announcement, Musk said in a Tweeter: “China had an oversupply, so we bought 1,255 FDA-approved ResMed, Philips, and Medtronic fans on Friday night and shipped them by air to Los Angeles. If you want to install a free fan, let us know! “
But despite the claims, none of the ventilators promised by Musk have been delivered to hospitals.
“Elon Musk and his team have told the state that they have purchased ventilators and want to distribute them directly to hospitals in short supply,” a service bureau spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday. emergency from the governor of California. “The Administration communicates daily with state hospitals about their ventilator supply and to date we have not heard of any hospital system that has received a ventilator directly from Tesla or Musk.”
Tesla spokespersons did not resent CNN’s requests for comment. The news was first reported by the Sacramento Bee.
Some background: Large American companies like Ford and Apple have also announced plans to produce respirators and donate face masks to healthcare workers treating patients infected with the virus.
Newsom last week reassured residents that California now has enough fans to meet its anticipated needs, after some questioned its decision to loan 500 machines to other states in crisis.