New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been raising concerns for weeks about an impending ventilator shortage as coronavirus rapidly spreads throughout the city. Now, he’s turning to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for help.
“New York City is buying! Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators ASAP — we will need thousands in this city over the next few weeks,” de Blasio said in a tweet Thursday to Musk. “We’re getting them as fast as we can but we could use your help! We’re reaching out to you directly.“
The plea comes after Musk said on Twitter late Wednesday that he would “make ventilators if there is a shortage.”