Apple donating 9 million N95 masks for coronavirus fight

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Vice President Pence announced Apple is pulling out all the stops to get more masks to medical workers dealing with the coronavirus.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Apple has donated nine million N95 respirator masks to help hospitals and medical workers deal with the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Pence said, “Apple went to their storehouses and is donating nine million N95 masks to healthcare facilities all across the country and to the national stockpile. There is a level of generosity that I know is inspiring to the president and is truly inspiring to all of us who are working on the White House coronavirus task force.”

The larger donation comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to donate two million industrial respiratory masks to help health-care workers last Saturday. Cook confirmed on Twitter Saturday that the company had been working behind the scenes to find supplies of masks for healthcare workers in both the U.S. and Europe.

 

Pence called on other companies Saturday to step up and follow suit with more physical donations. He said he was optimistic about the supply of masks and said clothing-maker Hanesbrands is retrofitting some of its factories to manufacturer masks.

“It’s a great time to go to your storeroom, and if you have N95 masks, if you’ve got 100 of them, if you’ve got 10,000 of them, load them up and drive them over to your local hospital,” Pence said March 21.