SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has sourced 20 million face masks which it'll donate to the governments at every level starting from the current week, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday, adding that the multi-million dollar company is also planning on designing and producing face shields to be used by front-line medical workers.
In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this indeed is a true global effort and Apple is actively working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to make sure these are donated to places of the utmost need.
"Apple is devoted to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We've now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain," Cook said.
"Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams also are working with suppliers to style, produce and ship face shields for medical workers," he added.
It company has already sent off its first batch of face shields to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley.
The Cupertino-based iPhone maker has already received "positive" feedback from doctors.
"These pack flat. 100 per box. Each shield is assembled in not less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We're sourcing materials and manufacturing in the US and China," informed Cook.
Apple aims to ship over 1 million of the face shields during this week itself.
"For Apple, this is often a labour of affection and gratitude, and we'll share more of our efforts over time. in the meantime, each person can stop the spread of the virus by following expert advice to remain home, and practice social distancing," Cook emphasised.
Apple has also launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic.