UPDATE (March 23, 2020): After Tim Cook announced on Saturday that Apple would donate “millions of surgical masks” to healthcare professionals in the US and Europe, more tech CEOs have joined the ranks, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Masks are in short supply, even to healthcare professionals working on the front line to get the coronavirus outbreak under control.
On Sunday, Zuckerberg announced via Facebook that the company would be donating an emergency reserve of 720,000 masks — left over from the California wildfires — to health workers who “urgently need more protective gear.” Zuckerberg also stated that Facebook is working on sourcing “millions of more to donate.” Elon Musk announced on Saturday that Tesla and SpaceX have 250,000 N95 masks ready to send out and promised that both companies will dedicate their resources to manufacturing ventilators for hospitals.
Elsewhere, Marc Benioff tweeted Sunday that Salesforce donated 9,000 masks to the University of California Medical Center and is working on distributing 5 million masks this week. Microsoft President Brad Smith announced that the company is working to secure much-needed supplies for healthcare workers, including protection goggles, infrared thermometers, protective suits and more.