Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on his Twitter account that Apple has sourced over 20 million face masks through its supply chain for donation to health care facilities in need of PPEs. He also announced that Apple is now working with suppliers to design, produce, and ship adjustable face shields for front liners. Cook says that Apple aims to produce 1 million face shields weekly.
The face shields can be assembled in just two minutes and Cook said that the response from medical professionals have been positive. The production of face shields is reportedly a company-wide initiative that the first batch of Apple’s adjustable face shields was delivered to Kaiser Permanente hospital facilities in Santa Clara Valley in the past week. Apple hopes to expand its face shield distribution outside of the U.S. as well.
“This is a truly global effort and we’re working continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure that these are donated to places of greatest need,” Cook says in the video. He added that Apple’s efforts are a “labor of love and gratitude.” The company plans to share updates of their efforts over time.