Apple doubled its donation to China’s attempts to battle COVID-19 to more than 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook wrote on Weibo Wednesday, weeks after the iPhone manufacturer said it had re-opened all its 42 stores in one of its largest marketplaces.
Cook wrote on Twitter last week that Apple donated 10 million N-95 masks for health professionals in Europe and the U.S., which it sourced through its supply networks.
Supplies and donations have come in from rich executives and corporates around the globe to battle the coronavirus, which has killed over 42,000 people so far globally.
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma have pledged similar medical supply donations along with masks and testing gears, as have other Chinese tech titans akin to Baidu, Tencent, Huawei and ByteDance, based on Chinese media reports.
Apple has indeed donated 20 million yuan of its promised amount via Beijing stationed China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to support six hospitals in Hubei, together with the makeshift Leishenshan hospital in Wuhan, Cook stated.
Apple will contribute the rest of the cash to support the longer-term public well-being recovery efforts, he states.
Apple notified last month it was unlikely to fulfill its March-quarter sales guidance as the ramp-up of Chinese factories that produce iPhones was slower than anticipated after weeks of closures.
The flu-like virus stemmed in China late last year and has since spread throughout 205 nations and territories.