Coronavirus: Apple, Facebook and Tesla to donate almost 10m face masks

Coronavirus: Apple, Facebook and Tesla to donate almost 10m face masks

- Three Chief Executive Officers have promised to provide almost 10 million face masks to help fight the coronavirus

- The assurances came from Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Elon Musk of Space X and Tesla

- Apple's donation was announced by the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence

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Three technology companies, Apple, Facebook and Tesla, have revealed plans of donating a total of 9 970 000 face masks to support the fight against the coronavirus.

Tim Cook of Apple has indicated that the company would donate 9 million of the N95 protective face masks.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Elon Musk of Tesla and Space X have also announced plans of donating 720 000 and at least 250 000 face masks respectively.

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The Vice President of the United States of America (USA), Mike Pence, announced Apple’s intended donation on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, Business Insider reports.

According to Cook, the aim is to help provide for healthcare providers who are battling the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has partnered with Facebook, Microsoft and other technology companies to organize a hackathon aimed at promoting the development of software that can combat the coronavirus.

Other technology companies participating in the programme are Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest, Slack and Giphy, Briefly.co.za learnt.

Codenamed the #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon, the event was announced on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, and would be accepting project submissions from Thursday, March 26 to Monday, 30 March 2020.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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