Tech Giant Apple has declared it is developing and shipping custom face masks to combat the global pandemic for the medical staff.
Apple Inc. has donated more than 20 million face masks worldwide and began manufacturing 1 million face shields a week, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Sunday, following a shortage of protective equipment for healthcare staff treating coronavirus patients.
Cook also reported that the design, development, operations, and manufacturing teams of the company are collaborating with suppliers to develop, manufacture, and ship face shields for health-care employees.
The first shipment had already been distributed to Kaiser medical facilities in the Santa Clara Valley earlier this week and the doctors ‘feedback was very positive.
Apple is already manufacturing supplies for shipment of 1 million units in China and the United States by the end of this week. The company will move more than a million units per week after that.
“This is a truly global effort, and we’re working continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure these are donated to places of greatest need,” Cook said in a Twitter video posted Sunday afternoon.
Apple is in contact with U.S. medical practitioners and government officials to ensure that such face masks are distributed first where they are most needed. The company is also working to extend its reach beyond the US.
“In both these efforts, our focus is on unique ways Apple can help, meeting essential needs of caregivers urgently and at a scale, the circumstances require,” Cook said. “For Apple, this is a labor of love and gratitude, and we will share more of our efforts over time.”
Apple has led the charge in the COVID-19 battle. It has taken a range of steps and interventions to ensure the health of its staff and to support medical professionals across the globe by providing masks and other important things to them.
Apple also modified Siri to respond to questions about coronavirus such as “How do I know if I have coronavirus? “Siri also offers users access to CDC services and lets users download telehealth applications.