Apple CEO Tim Cook provided an update on the company’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. In a video posted on Twitter, Cook says that Apple has purchased more than 20 million masks through its global supply chain and is working with governments to get them where they are needed.
Apple also launched “an enterprise-wide effort bringing together product designers, engineering, operations, packaging teams and our suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for health workers “Said Cook, who featured one of these screens in the video.
Apple is dedicated to supporting the global response to COVID-19. We have now purchased more than 20 million masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations, and packaging teams also work with suppliers to design, produce, and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
“Our first shipment was delivered to Kaiser Hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley last week, and feedback from doctors has been very positive,” said Cook. “These flat packs, one hundred per box. Each shield is assembled in less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We buy materials and manufacture in the United States and China. “
Apple plans to ship more than a million shields by the end of this week and another million every week thereafter. So far, the company has worked to distribute them across the United States, but plans to expand elsewhere soon. “We focus on the unique ways that Apple can help, meeting the essential needs of caregivers urgently and on a scale that circumstances demand,” says Cook.