Apple is currently in the process of designing and producing face shields for medical workers fighting against COVID-19, CEO Tim Cook revealed in a video tweet on Sunday, further noting that the company has a goal to produce one million units per week.
“We’ve launched a company-wide effort, bringing together product designers, engineering, operations and packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce, and ship face shields for health workers,” Cook shared. “Our first shipment was delivered to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley this past week and the feedback from doctors was very positive.”
Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
The CEO noted that Apple’s face shield design can be assembled in just two minutes, with the units capable of being packed 100 to a box. The tech giant is working closely with medical professionals and government officials across the United States to deliver the protective equipment to where it’s needed most. Alongside the new initiative, Apple has already donated 20 million N95 masks to organizations in dire need of protective medical supplies, Cook said.
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