Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to COVID-19 relief efforts in the US, the Vice President Mike Pence said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
The vice president said he and President Trump recently spoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cook is one of several tech CEOs that has pledged to donate face masks, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
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Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to help combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Vice President Mike Pence said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“And I spoke today, and the president spoke last week, with Tim Cook of Apple,” Pence said. “And at this moment in time Apple went to their store houses and is donating 9 million N95 masks to healthcare facilities all across the country and to the national stockpile. “
Cook recently said on Twitter that Apple would be donating “millions” of masks to workers in the US and Europe, while Pence also previously said the company would be providing 2 million masks.
“Our teams at Apple have been working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19,” Cook wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “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.”
Apple is one of several technology giants donating masks as the US grapples with supply shortages as the coronavirus spreads.
Doctors in at least two hospitals in New York City, which has been a hotspot for COVID-19 infections, have been told to reuse their masks to preserve their supply, Business Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported earlier in March. In Los Angeles, some doctors are turning to seamstresses in the city’s garment district for new …read more
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