Apple donates 20 million face masks and designs face shields for medical personnel


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(Image: Reuters)

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The company said it works continuously and closely with governments at all levels in the United States to ensure that they are donated to places of greatest need.

  • IANS
  • Last update: April 6, 2020, 11:18 am IST

Apple has raised 20 million face masks to be donated to governments at all levels starting this week, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday, adding that the company is also working to develop and manufacture face shields for medical workers at the forefront. In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this was a truly global effort, and Apple is continuously and closely working with governments at all levels to ensure that they are donated to places of greatest need.

“Apple is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19. We have now sourced over 20 million masks through our supply chain,” said Cook. “Our design, engineering, operations, and packaging teams also work with suppliers to design, manufacture, and ship face shields for medical personnel,” he added.

Apple has already delivered its first delivery of face shields to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley. The iPhone manufacturer based in Cupertino has already received “positive” feedback from doctors. “These are packed flat. 100 per box. Each sign is assembled in less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We source materials and manufacture in the United States and China,” Cook said.

Apple plans to ship over a million face shields by the end of this week. “For Apple, this is a job of love and gratitude, and we’ll share more of our efforts over time. In the meantime, each of us can stop the virus from spreading by following the advice of experts to your home stay and practice social distancing, “Cook stressed. Apple has also launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic.