Cook said in his video, "We've launched a company-wide effort, bringing together product designers, engineering, operations and packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce, and ship face shields for health workers".
Apple has now collected more than 20 million face masks from its manufacturing chains, and these will be "donated to those in greatest need", he announced.
Cook further said that Apple is coordinating with medical professionals and government officials across the United States to get these face shields to COVID-19 hotspots in the country, and added that the company is hoping to expand distribution of the custom-designed PPE (personal protective equipment) beyond the USA in the coming days. The Cupertino, California-based company is set to produce over a million face shields through its facilities per week.
Apple has started making protective face shields for health workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the first delivery of the company's Apple face shields went out to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara valley earlier this week, according to Cook.
"These pack flat, one hundred per box", Cook said in the video.
Meanwhile, the 458 Apple Stores outside mainland China remain closed until further notice with many employees working from home handling technical support calls. The shields are fully adjustable and assemble in under two minutes, he said, adding that Apple plans to ship over a million this week and another million weekly after that.
"We are closely co-ordinating with medical professionals and government officials across the USA to get these [face shields] where they are needed the most". The company hopes to expand distribution of these shields beyond the US.
"Our focus is on unique ways Apple can help, meeting the essential needs of caregivers urgently", Cook said while indicating that Apple will take more such steps over time.