Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week that Apple has been making substantial donations at home and abroad to help combat the global coronavirus epidemic.
In a tweet this morning, Cook said Apple has been helping Protezione Civile — the national body that deals with the prediction, prevention and management of emergency events in Italy. Not only is Apple opening its wallet but it’s also helping Italians get crucial medical supplies.
“It’s never been more important to support each other,” Cook said on Twitter. “We’re making a substantial donation including medical supplies to Protezione Civile in Italy, to help the heroic first responders, medical personnel and volunteers working tirelessly to protect & save lives. Vicini all”
Apple chips in on COVID-19 fight
Italy has been one of the worst-hit countries outside of China during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this morning, there are over 35,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy with nearly 3,000 deaths so far. Last week, Apple revealed it has committed 15 million to help fight the outbreak. More substantial donations will likely be made as the U.S. braces for the outbreak.
Cook also said that Apple is donating to Silicon Valley Strong, a new organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that supports families and small businesses impacted by these challenging times. Apple is also matching all employee donations two-to-one to help with emergency efforts.
Apple stores across the U.S. are currently closed indefinitely due to the pandemic. In San Francisco and neighboring cities, residents are mandated to stay except to purchase essential items.
“Our first priority – now and always – is the health and safety of our employees, supply chain partners, customers, and the communities in which we operate,” said Cook in a letter to employees last week. “Our profound gratitude is with those on the front lines of confronting this public health emergency.”