Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that Apple Inc. (AAPL) has donated 9 million N95 face masks to health-care workers amid the coronavirus crisis. Apple CEO Tim Cook had tweeted Saturday ( ) that the company would donate "millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe." Pence made his comments ( ) during a White House press briefing late Tuesday, thanking Apple and other companies, such as Ford Motor Co. (F) , 3M (MMM) and McDonald's Corp. (MCD) for the "level of generosity" they are showing to the American people. Apple is the latest tech company to come to the aid of overwhelmed health-care workers. Facebook Inc. (FB) earlier donated its stockpile of 720,000 face masks ( ), and Tesla Inc. (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk acquired 1,200 ventilators from China ( /) and is sending them to U.S. hospitals. Apple and Facebook apparently had the face-mask stockpile for employees following years of serious wildfires in California.
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