Musk, however, said that his Gigafactory facility in ny will reopen to begin producing ventilators that are in short supply in the US. "We will do whatever is needed to help in these hard times". Back on March 21, Panasonic said it would scale down operations and temporarily suspend lithium-ion battery cell production at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada (for 14 days) due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio thanked Mr Musk on Twitter writing "We're deeply grateful".
Shortages of masks, disinfectants, and ventilators have plagued states across the USA as the numbers of people infected by novel coronavirus continue to climb.
"We do make these critical care ventilators which are in very high demand". In the interview, Ishrak singled out Tesla as one of the partners Medtronic has enlisted to speed up production of ventilators as COVID-19 spreads through the US.
"Those who receive ventilators are typically the sickest patients in the hospital, and the decision to put them on ventilators is often the last resort to save their lives", wrote Elizabeth Chuck at CBS News yesterday.
As of Thursday, the U.S. approached 70,000 confirmed cases with 1,035 total deaths. Officials have warned that ventilators, needed to help patients breathe, remain in short supply. The companies did not provide further details such as when production might be able to ramp up or how many ventilators would be produced.
Earlier this month, he poured cold water over people's concerns around the virus after calling the coronavirus panic "dumb". In another tweet he suggested children were "essentially immune" to the virus - which is false.
Tesla finally halted electric vehicle production at its main San Francisco Bay Area Plant in Fremont.
Ford and General Motors are also working with medical companies to make ventilators and respirators.