Apple designing face shields and sources over 20 million masks
Tech giant working with suppliers to get the face shield made and shipped globally
Apple plans to quickly expand shipping of the face shields beyond the US
Mr Cook made the announcement on Twitter, saying that its design, engineering, packaging and operations teams are working with suppliers to get the shield made and shipped.
The first shipment was delivered to a Santa Clara, California, hospital last week. The shields are fully adjustable and assemble in under two minutes, he said, adding that Apple plans to ship over a million this week and another million weekly after that.
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
Apple plans to quickly expand shipping of the shields beyond the United States, the executive said. Apple has shuttered all 458 of its retail stores outside of China to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and is requiring its engineers and designers to work from home.
The company last week more than doubled its China’s efforts to fight Covid-19 to over 50 million yuan (€6.47 million).