US VP Mike Pence says Apple donated 2M face masks to coronavirus fight
Apple is aiding in efforts to fend off the coronavirus pandemic with a donation, US Vice President Mike Pence has revealed, offering roughly 2 million face masks to healthcare staff throughout the nation.
Announced throughout Saturday’s White House day by day briefing, Pence advised the media Apple had pledged to donate 2 million industrial face masks, which will probably be supplied to healthcare employees in areas hardest hit by the coronavirus. Pence went on to ask for different corporations to present different donations of medical provides, in addition to these of smaller enterprise and people who could have provides readily available.
“It’s a great time to go to your storeroom. If you have N95 masks, if you’ve got 100 of them, if you’ve got 10,000 of them, load them up and drive them to your local hospital,” mentioned Pence, roughly 50 minutes into the press briefing.
During the briefing, Pence claimed he and President Donald Trump had been advised “directly” by Apple of its intention to donate. Shortly after the briefing ended, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the donation on Twitter, including that some masks donations had been additionally made in Europe.
The donation is a continuation of efforts by Apple to help in halting the unfold of the coronavirus, COVID-19, throughout the United States, in addition to the world. On March 13, Apple introduced it had contributed a complete of $15 million worldwide, together with a $1 million promise to the town of San Jose to compensate for the cancellation of a bodily WWDC occasion in favor of a digital model.
Our groups at Apple have been working to assist supply provides for healthcare suppliers preventing COVID-19. We’re donating tens of millions of masks for well being professionals within the US and Europe. To each one of many heroes on the entrance traces, we thanks.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 21, 2020
On Thursday, Cook provided help to native Silicon Valley initiatives, in addition to pledging a “substantial donation” together with medical provides to Protezione Civile, the Italian Government’s official emergency response division.
Apple can also be matching donations made by staff, two to one. Amid retailer closures, Apple is offering its retail and repair staff with full wages, with the corporate accommodating any worker instantly affected by the virus. Productions of Apple TV reveals have been halted through the outbreak over security fears.
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