Apple Helps Source Over 10 Million N95 Masks for Healthcare Providers in the U.S.

Apple over the weekend announced plans to donate millions of N95 masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe, and according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been able to source more than 10 million N95 masks in the U.S. and millions more in Europe.


Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌ said on Saturday that Apple was aiming to donate supplies to healthcare providers fighting COVID-19, and clarified today that Apple's ops teams are working to find and purchase masks from Apple's supply chain in coordination with governments worldwide.


The ongoing outbreak in the United States and other countries has led to a shortage of N95 masks, and there have been reports of healthcare workers doing their jobs without adequate protection due to the supply issues, which is why Apple made an effort to source mask supplies and provide them to hospitals.

Update: A previous version of this article stated that Apple had stockpiled nine million masks, and it has been updated with more accurate information.

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9 weeks ago
Tim also has all the Toilet Rolls, Pasta and Hand Gel
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9 weeks ago
Now that's what I call a happy coincidence! Great news!
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9 weeks ago


Hmmm....perhaps the hospitals have a shortage because Apple bought over 9 million units.

As humorous as that comment might seem, its offends the intelligent and attempts to be provocative to the dull minded. Clearly they stockpiled over time and haven't just recently put in an order to buy against cities and world needs.
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10 weeks ago


Hmmm....perhaps the hospitals have a shortage because Apple bought over 9 million units.

... and if other large companies (Google, FB, etc) did the same...the law of unintended consequences. Squeeze the water balloon on one side, the other side bulges.

Of course if that isn't why, it was a good unintended consequence to have so extra many on hand. Then again, if there are wild fires in 2020 again, did Apple save enough?
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9 weeks ago


Hmmm....perhaps the hospitals have a shortage because Apple bought over 9 million units.

this is stupid. you realize that when they do repairs they have to wear protection. masks are common for computer repairs. especially with all the dust and dirt in computers.
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9 weeks ago


Then again, if there are wild fires in 2020 again, did Apple save enough?

Wildfire season doesn't really get going until the late summer/fall... one crisis at a time, please!
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