ATLANTA, United States (CNN) – Gavin Newsom, the governor of the US state of California, has said hospitals have yet to receive more than 1,000 respirators, promised by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Elon Musk said last month that he had acquired more than 1,000 respirators, and had promised to provide them to California hospitals treating patients with coronavirus, a effort praised by Newsome at the time, which he described as “heroic.”
Now, after more than three weeks, the state governor’s office says that hospitals have not received any of the promised ventilation devices.
At a press conference on March 23, Newsom said that the devices, which could provide life-saving support to those infected with the virus, had already arrived in Los Angeles and were on their way to needy hospitals.
Newsom added: “Elon Musk is already working with the Hospital Association, and others to remove these devices. It’s a heroic effort.”
Shortly after the dramatic announcement, Musk said in a tweet: “China has a surplus in supply, so we bought 1,255 FDA approved devices and Philips and Medtronic on Friday night and moved them to Los Angeles. If you want to install a free ventilation device, please let us know With that! “
However, despite the allegations, none of the respirators, which Musk had promised, had been delivered to hospitals.
A spokesperson for the Emergency Services of the California Governor’s Office told CNN, on Wednesday: “Elon Musk and his team told the state that he had purchased ventilation equipment and wanted to distribute it directly to the hospitals that are in short supply … The administration is communicating every day with hospitals across the state about the supply of their ventilation equipment. So far, we have not heard of any hospital that received a direct ventilation device from Tesla (company) or Mask. “
Tesla spokespeople did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment … The news was first reported by the newspaper “Sacramento Bee”.
Major US companies, such as Ford and Apple, have announced plans to produce ventilators and donate face masks to health care workers treating patients with the virus.
Last week, Newsom reassured residents that California now had enough ventilation systems to meet its expected needs, after some questioned its decision to lend 500 devices to other states in a crisis.