Tim Cook: Apple ships personalized face shields to medical workers as mask donations surpass 20 million

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Tim Cook is back with another update on Apple’s ongoing efforts to help healthcare professionals with the COVID-19 epidemic. In a new video posted on Twitter today, Cook said that Apple has now purchased more than 20 million masks for healthcare professionals, and that it continues to do more.

Cook said more than a week ago that he supplied and donated 10 million masks to healthcare professionals, and now that number has grown to 20 million. These masks come from Apple’s supply chain.

Perhaps most notably, however, Cook revealed that Apple has also designed custom face shields for medical workers. The first delivery of these face shields arrived at Kaiser Hospital in the Santa Clara Valley last week, and response from medical workers has been incredible, according to Cook.

Apple expects to hit 1 million deliveries for face shields by the end of this week and systematically ship 1 million per week thereafter.

The full transcript of Cook’s video is below:

In these very difficult and difficult times, I hope you stay well and secure. Apple teams have been working hard to find ways to support our heroic frontline healthcare professionals, and I want to share two updates today.

First, the number of masks we have been able to obtain through our supply chain has grown to more than 20 million worldwide. It is a truly global effort and we work continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure that these donations go to the places that need them most.

Second, we launched an enterprise-wide effort by bringing together product designers, engineering operations, packaging teams and our suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for health workers .

Our first shipment was delivered to Kaiser Hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley last week, and feedback from doctors has been very positive. These flat pack, 100 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.

We expect to ship over a million by the end of this week and over a million per week thereafter. We work closely with health care professionals and US government officials to get them to where they are most needed. We hope to quickly expand distribution beyond the United States in these two efforts.

We focus on the unique ways Apple can help, meeting the essential needs of caregivers urgently and on a scale that circumstances demand.

For Apple, this is a work of love and gratitude, and we will be sharing more of our efforts over time. In the meantime, each of us can stop the spread of the virus by following the advice of experts to stay at home and practice social distancing.

Thank you for everything you do to help yourself in your own life. Thanks again to those on the front lines of this fight. Stay safe and healthy.

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