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Apple Donating Masks to Healthcare Workers

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Who’s gonna buy the new iPhone if everyone’s sick?

Over the weekend, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced that the company is donating large stocks of sterile medical masks to healthcare facilities around the world to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Cook hasn’t specified where exactly this massive stockpile of masks will be coming from, with masks currently in short supply and high demand all over the world, reaction has been positive. United States Vice President Mike Pence commented on the matter over the weekend. “The president and I literally heard directly from Apple that they’re donating 2 million industrial masks to this effort around the country and working with our administration to distribute those,” he said at a White House press briefing.

Cook isn’t the only member of big tech contributing to the virus-busting efforts. Director Peyton Reed recently tweeted his thanks to Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his donation of a “truckload” of supplies, including masks, gowns, and more.

Even the ever-reclusive Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced over the weekend that the company would make their own mask donation numbering 720,000 strong.

Health workers urgently need more protective gear. To help, Facebook donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Every piece of sterile equipment is a boon in these troubling times. Protective masks, as well as well as medical respirators, are at an all-time premium, and every additional piece of equipment is beneficial to health personnel working tirelessly to save as many lives as possible.