Apple has developed masks aimed at healthcare professionals who cover the entire face and could produce one million pieces weekly starting next week, the group's CEO Tim Cook announced on Sunday.
The executive explained in a video posted on Twitter that the masks, made of transparent plastic and covering the entire face, were developed by the group's "product designers, engineering and packaging teams and distributors".
Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We've now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
The production rate will be one million a week starting next week. The masks will initially be destined for the United States. They will be produced in this country and in China.
In that message, Cook also announced that Apple has managed to distribute 20 million surgical masks through its distributors worldwide.
The computer and cell phone maker thus joins several companies that modified their production lines to respond to the shortage of masks, such as the Italian companies Prada and Lamborghini.
In Italy, Armani produces protective suits. In Spain, Renault engineers designed displays and masks that were produced on the 3D printers available at their paralyzed factories.
In the United States, President Donald Trump has ordered automaker General Motors (GM) to start producing respirators.
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