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Tim Cook claims Apple will ship 1M masks to health workers this week

Tim Cook says Apple plan to ship "over 1 million" masks to hospitals in the by the end of the week.

The tech giant's CEO has shared how they plan to assist with the coronavirus outbreak, by sending the PPO for healthcare workers fighting on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video, he began: "In these very challenging and difficult times, I hope you're staying safe and well.

"Teams across Apple have been working hard on ways we can support our heroic frontline medical professionals, and I want to share two updates today."

Cook claims they have managed to get their hands on 20 million masks worldwide.

He said: "First, the number of masks we've been able to source through our supply chain has risen to over 20 million around the world.

"This is a truly global effort and we're working continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure these are donated to places of greatest need."

On their distribution plans, he continued: "Second, we've launched a company wide effort bringing together product designers, engineering operations, packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for health workers.

"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. These pack flat, 100 per box. Each shield is assembles in less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We're sourcing materials and manufacturing in the US and China.

"We plan to ship over 1 million by the end of this week and over 1 million per week after that. We are closely coordinating with medical professionals and government officials across the US to get these to where they're needed most urgently. We hope to quickly expand distribution beyond the US in both these efforts."

He concluded by reminded everyone of the importance of staying home and social distancing to help flatten the curve of the deadly virus.

He added: "Our focus is on unique ways Apple can help, meeting essential needs of caregivers urgently and at a scale the circumstances require.

"For Apple, this is a labor of love and gratitude, and we will share more of our efforts over time.

"In the meantime, each of us can stop the spread of the virus by following expert advice to stay home and practice social distancing.

"Thank you for all you're doing to help in your own life. Thank you again to those on the front lines of this fight. Stay safe and stay healthy."

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