Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday revealed that the tech giant has sourced 10 million masks from the supply chains and will be donating it to the healthcare workers across the United States.
Proud to share we've been able to source 10M masks for the US and millions more for the hardest-hit regions in Europe. Our ops teams are helping to find and purchase masks from our supply chain in coordination with governments around the world, Tim Cook shared on Twitter.
Along with the tweet, Cook shared a video in which he can be heard saying that healthcare workers deserve gratitude for their hard work.
Apple has sourced, procured and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community in the United States. These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they're doing on the front lines, Cook says in the video.
However, Apple isn't the only tech giant that is helping the healthcare workers by donating masks, Facebook, Amazon and Tesla too have donated millions of masks.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday revealed that the social media giant has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 to the healthcare workers. "Health workers urgently need more protective gear. To help, Facebook donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that we had bought in case the wildfires continued. We're also working on sourcing millions of more to donate. I hope you're all staying healthy and safe!" Zuckerberg said in a post.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, however, revealed through a blog that the masks are in a short supply globally. "We've placed purchase orders for millions of face masks we want to give to our employees and contractors who cannot work from home, but very few of those orders have been filled. Masks remain in short supply globally and are at this point being directed by governments to the highest-need facilities like hospitals and clinics. It's easy to understand why the incredible medical providers serving our communities need to be first in line. When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people," he wrote.
Ali Baba founder Jack Ma was amongst the first one to donate over one million face masks and 500,00 test kits to the US. He also sent 20,000 testing kits to 54 African nations along with 100,000 face masks and 1000 medical hazmat suits with face shields.