With healthcare workers facing supply shortages of industrial N95 masks, Apple is stepping up to help the fight against COVID-19.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Saturday the company plans to donate “millions” of masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. and Europe.
“Our teams at Apple have been working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19. We’re donating millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe. To every one of the heroes on the front lines, we thank you,” said Cook.
As for how many masks exactly? According to White House briefing, Vice President Mike Pence said (via CNET) “The president and I literally heard directly from Apple that they’re donating 2 million industrial masks to this effort around the country and working with our administration to distribute those.”
Shortly afterwards, Cook tweeted about Apple’s efforts to battle COVID-19 by donating ‘millions’ of masks.
Apple has closed all of its Apple Stores worldwide including those in Canada, except those in China which have recently reopened after cases of COVID-19 started to lower in the country.