Apple CEO Cook said in a personal tweet today that they have purchased 10 million N95 masks for the United States and millions of masks for the worst-hit areas in Europe. Apple will use its strong supply chain management capabilities to procure and distribute this desperate war material globally.
Apple had originally promised to donate 2 million N95 masks to the United States on Saturday, of which 1 million were left to California. However, due to the severe epidemic situation, Apple CEO Cook today decided to give extra money, donate 10 million masks to the United States, and donate millions to European countries in the hardest hit areas.
U.S. Vice President Burns commented on Tuesday’s White House press conference and thanked Apple and Ford, 3M, and McDonald’s, for showing “high generosity” to the American people.
Prior to Apple, there were already a number of technology companies helping hard-working medical staff in the epidemic. Facebook previously donated 720,000 masks from its inventory; Tesla CEO Musk purchased 1,200 ventilators from China and sent them to major hospitals in the United States.
Apple and Facebook, like the forest fires in California every year, have stored a lot of masks for employees in case of emergency.
According to foreign media reports, Apple has notified employees that it plans to resume Apple Store operations in early April. The Apple Store will not resume business all at once, areas with severe epidemics will continue to close, and areas with improved epidemics will gradually recover.
On the 14th of this month, Apple closed all Apple Stores outside of China, when it was prompted that the Apple Store would resume operations on March 27. Subsequently, Apple extended the shutdown time again, saying that the specific recovery time is uncertain.
Apple’s retail director, notified employees that the remote work program will continue until at least April 5.