Tech Billionaires Including Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Promised 18 Million Masks to Fight COVID-19

This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers.

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Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks.

Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk promised to provide an incredible number of masks to healthcare workers focusing on leading line to fight the coronavirus.

Panic buying means masks are an issue even for hospital staff, so much so tha the guts for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the other day that as a final resort healthcare workers should use a bandana or scarf.

The World Health Organization cautions that members of the general public need not wear masks unless they are looking after anyone who has contracted COVID-19, and warns they are ony effective if placed on and removed properly.

Listed below are the tech billionaires who’ve promised to donate masks:

Apple – minimum 2 million masks

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Apple CEO TIm Cook announced on Saturday that Apple will be donating "millions" of masks to health workers in america and Europe.

Our teams at Apple have already been attempting to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19. We’re donating an incredible number of masks for medical researchers in america and Europe. To each of the heroes on leading lines, we many thanks.

– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 21, 2020

In a press meeting on Saturday Vice President Mike Pence said Apple will be donating two million masks to the united states.

It isn’t clear just how many more Apple plans to contribute to European healthcare workers.

Facebook – 720,000 with "millions" more along the way

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In a Facebook post on Sunday Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will be donating it had left from the California wildfires although it works on sourcing "millions more."

Facebook had not been immediately designed for comment when asked by Business Insider just how many millions of masks it really is looking to provide.

Tesla and SpaceX – 250,000 masks and 1,000 ventilators

AP Photo/Susan Walsh Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Within an email to CleanTechnica on Saturday Elon Musk said Tesla and SpaceX have 250,000 N95 masks prepared to start sending out. "Looking to start distributing those to hospitals tomorrow night," Musk added in the e-mail.

Giving an answer to a user on Twitter on Sunday requesting him to send aid to hospitals in Louisiana, Musk appeared to both promise N95 masks and criticize them to be unwieldy.

"We’ll make an effort to get & deliver as much as possible. N95 masks certainly are a pain to wear btw [by the way]. Less onerous masks are better usually," said Musk.

We’ll make an effort to get & deliver as much as possible. N95 masks certainly are a pain to wear btw. Less onerous masks are better usually.

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2020

On Sunday a researcher at the University of Washington INFIRMARY (UWMC) also received 50,000 masks from Elon Musk, The Seattle Times reports.

Musk in addition has promised that Tesla and SpaceX will dedicate resources to manufacturing ventilators for hospitals, although Musk has simultaneously shown disbelief that you will have any shortage of the machines.

Musk told CleanTechnica however that the firms: "must have over 1000 ventilators by in a few days."

Salesforce – 5 million masks and protective kit

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted Sunday that Salesforce had already donated 9,000 masks to the University of California INFIRMARY, and is focusing on distributing a complete of 5 million masks this week plus extra protective equipment.

Thank you to your Ohana for delivering our first 9000 masks to UCSF. We will work hard across our resources & relationships to provide yet another 5 million masks this week plus additional critical PPE. Most of us need to concentrate on getting PPE to your local hospitals. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/y7mgL0KhrT

– Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 23, 2020

Jack Ma – 10.2 million masks

Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

Looking farther afield than Silicon Valley, Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma has up to now promised masks to 90 countries.

Jack Ma joined Twitter earlier this month to create his first announcement that his charitable organisation will be donating one million masks (alongside 500,000 coronavirus testing kits) to the united states.

Since that time he has announced that he’ll be shipping 100,000 masks to each and every African country (meaning a complete of 5.4 million),

On Saturday he announced 1.8 million masks will be distributed among Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Then said an additional two million would go towards 24 Latin American countries.

Microsoft – 15,000 protection goggles and other equipment

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined the ways his company is teaming up with medical and research organizations to supply software tools in the COVID-19 fight.

Company president Brad Smith also outlined the way the firm’s supply chain has been commandeered to supply protective equipment for medical workers. A short batch of supplies has been sent to Seattle, where in fact the firm is headquartered.

As businesses mobilize, our global supply chain team is hard at the job securing much-needed supplies for healthcare workers. On Fri, the first 5 pallets of PPE arrived, including: §- 15,000 protection goggles §- Infrared thermometers §- Medical caps §- Protective suits pic.twitter.com/b3ShUUSfVI

– Brad Smith (@BradSmi) Marc