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COVID-19: Apple, Facebook donate masks to healthcare workers in US and Europe

As coronavirus spreads rapidly in various parts of the world, tech giants Facebook and Apple donate masks to healthcare workers in the US and Europe to provide protection during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

twitter-logo India Today Tech   New Delhi     Last Updated: March 23, 2020  | 13:14 IST
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Highlights

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the social media giant has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 to the healthcare workers.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that they are donating millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe
  • Elon Musk, on the other hand, sent a truckload of PPEs (masks, gowns, etc.) to UCLA Health

As coronavirus spreads rapidly in various parts of the world, tech giants Facebook and Apple donate masks to healthcare workers in the US and Europe to provide protection during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Sunday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said 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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook too shared on Twitter that Apple is providing masks to the healthcare workers. 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, Cook tweeted.

Tesla supremo Elon Musk, on the other hand, sent a truckload of PPEs (masks, gowns, etc.) to UCLA Health. Film director Peyton Reed took to Twitter to thank Musk for doing his bit, he wrote, I want to publicly thank for sending a truckload of
PPEs (masks, gowns, etc.) to UCLA Health today! They will be put to good use. My wife, her co-workers and her patients thank you profusely.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, however, revealed in a blog post that the masks remain in 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.

Earlier this week, Ali Baba founder Jack Ma donated 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.

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