Apple builds 1 million face shields a week for medical workers

  • Apple builds 1 million face shields a week for medical workers

Apple builds 1 million face shields a week for medical workers

Apple has pulled in designers, engineers and suppliers to shape, produce and ship the face shields.

The CEO added that the first shipment was already delivered to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley ahead of Sunday, and "the feedback from doctors was very positive".

"Teams across Apple have been working hard on ways we can support our heroic frontline medical professionals", said Mr Cook, adding that the company is focusing on "unique ways to meet the essential needs of caregivers at a scale the circumstances require".

In his Twitter video, Cook urged people to stay home and adhere to guidelines on social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Express Tech is now on Telegram. Apple is working with medical professional sand government officials across the USA to determine where the shields are most needed, and is looking to expand distribution beyond the United States soon. But he makes clear that the company fully intends to quickly expand distribution internationally. In addition, Apple has sourced 20 million face masks that will be donated to health workers, the 59-year old said. In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this is a truly global effort and Apple is working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to ensure these are donated to places of the greatest need.

Apple has increased its efforts to help health agencies and governments fight against the novel coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump last month issued a federal order forcing auto giant General Motors to manufacture ventilators after a shortage of the hospital equipment, which is crucial for treating critical Covid-19 cases. In the USA, the pandemic has killed more than 8,000 people and infected more than 300,000 people.

In an effort to help medical workers protect themselves from the COVID-19 breakout, Apple is getting into a whole new business: medical supplies.

The Indian Express is now on Telegram. NY remains the epicenter of COVID-19 in the USA with over 1,13,700 positive cases.