COVID-19: FG Asks Elon Musk, Tesla For Ventilators
As the battle against COVID-19 intensifies, governments around the world are seeking solutions to stop the spread of the virus and prevent further deaths from the pandemic.
The Nigerian government has also been exploring various avenues from which help can come quickly before the war against the Coronavirus overwhelms the system.
One of such interventions sought recently, is a reaching out to Technology Entrepreneur, Elon Reeve Musk, as well as to American electric vehicle and clean energy company Tesla.
Elon Musk had in a tweet via his official Twitter page, revealed that he and Tesla have some ventilators approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Reacting to this tweet, the Ministry of Finance, told Mr Musk and Tesla that Nigeria can do with some help.
In its reply to Mr Musk’s tweet, the Finance Ministry said:
Dear @elonmusk @Tesla, Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with #COVID-19 cases arising everyday in Nigeria.
The tweet however, garnered varied reactions, with some hailing the move while others questioned the drive, asking why the government has not made earlier preparations.
However, it is not only Nigeria that has reached out to Elon Musk and Tesla, several other nations reached out in a bid to help ease the plight of their citizens.
Ukraine asked Elon Musk.
Spain asked Elon Musk.
San Diego in the USA asked Elon Musk.
But the poverty stricken, wretched people of Nigeria want to put their empty pride ahead of their lives.
Na Corona virus go kill all of una with una pride, make una dey make noise. pic.twitter.com/LrbuNHnpth
— Hyela (@FadaKrismas) April 2, 2020
Ukraine🇺🇦 is the second largest country in Europe with population nearly 40 mln citizens. The pandemic situation in Ukraine is approaching its peak, April is going to be the hardest. People in hospitals need ventilators. We are ready to cooperate! Dyakuyemo!
— UKR Embassy in USA (@UKRintheUSA) April 1, 2020