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Apple to donate millions of masks to healthcare workers battling coronavirus around the world

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 26/03/2020 Luke O'Reilly

Apple is donating millions of masks to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus around the world.

CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to announce that Apple had sourced 10 million masks for medical staff in the US alone.

He added that "millions more" would be sent to the regions hardest hit by Covid-19 around the world.

Apple closed all of its stores outside of China in response to the virus on March 14.

Tim Cook wearing a hat: Tim Cook made the announcement on Twitter (Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard Tim Cook made the announcement on Twitter (Getty Images)

Tim Cook tweeted: "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.

"Our teams at Apple have been working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19. We’re donating millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe. To every one of the heroes on the front lines, we thank you.

"It’s never been more important to support each other. We’re making a substantial donation including medical supplies to Protezione Civile in Italy, to help the heroic first responders, medical personnel & volunteers working tirelessly to protect & save lives."

In the video, Mr Cook thanked the medical staff and key workers for the work they are doing on the frontline of the pandemic.

Mr Cook said: "Hi It's Tim, I'm working from home like I know many of you are doing and I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you to do what the experts are suggesting that we all do, to stay at home whenever possible, and when not possible make sure you're placing six feet of distance between you and anyone else out there.

"I am very pleased to tell you this morning that 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 frontlines.

"I also want to take a moment this morning to recognise the people that we're all counting on to work from the warehouse workers to the delivery people to the people that are stocking the shelves at our local supermarkets and pharmacies, these people also deserve our debt of gratitude.

He added that that he believed that we would "rise to the occasion".
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