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Musk observing an assembly demo at the reopening of the NUMMI plant, now known as the Tesla Factory (Fremont, California) in 2010 Image credit: Steve Jurvetson - Flickr

Despite arguably down-playing the effect of COVID-19 on employees at the company’s Alameda factory this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to repurpose the factory to manufacture ventilators should there be a shortage.

He wrote on Twitter: “We will make ventilators if there is a shortage”, unleashing a torrent of replies, all appealing for the tech entrepreneur to take urgent action.

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Hollywood doyenne Bette Midler also appealed to Musk to take urgent action.

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An email sent by Musk on Monday evening had noted, “My frank opinion is that the harm from the coronavirus panic far exceeds that of the virus itself,” but also noted, “If you feel the slightest bit ill or even uncomfortable, please do not feel obligated to come to work.”

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