In a video message shared on Twitter, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that the company has sourced 20 million masks through its supply chain that would be donated to healthcare professionals across the world.
Additionally, Cook also announced that the company’s design, engineering, operations, and packaging teams work with suppliers to design, produce, and ship face shields to healthcare workers. The first batch of shipment was already delivered earlier this week to Kaiser medical facilities in the Santa Clara Valley and the feedback was very positive from the doctors. Apple is now sourcing materials in China and the United States to ship 1 million units by the end of this week. After that, the company will ship over one million units every week.
Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
Apple is in contact with medical professionals and government officials in the United States to ensure these face shields are delivered first where they are needed the most. The company is also working on expanding its distribution outside of the US.
How Apple has responded to the coronavirus outbreak so far
Apple has been leading the charge in the fight against COVID-19. It has taken a series of steps and measures to ensure the safety of its employees as well as helping medical professionals across the globe by supplying them with masks and other important items.
On March 13, Apple announced that they will be matching their employee donations two-to-one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally and internationally. Back in January, Apple had announced that it will donate to coronavirus relief efforts in China. Donations have reached $15 million worldwide so far.
On March 12, Apple announced that it will hold one of its biggest events of the year, WWDC 2020, only online. It has also pledged to donate $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset the associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s online format.
On March 9, Apple has updated the support article to clarify that it is okay to use disinfecting wipes to clean its products.
On March 6, Apple also pledged that it will continue to pay its hourly workers. It will also provide unlimited paid leave to hourly employees, including those at its retail stores, who become sick with cold or flu symptoms similar to COVID-19.
On February 17, Apple announced that it did not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to COVID-19 outbreak.