Apple’s investment in the fight against is paying off. The company announced Monday that over 15 million sample collection kits made by COPAN Diagnostics have been shipped across the US, thanks in large part to Apple’s .
The testing kits are being used by hospitals to collect specimens of the disease to aid research in the search for better testing and treatment options.
“We are proud our Advanced Manufacturing Fund is supporting companies like COPAN who are playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 and assisting healthcare professionals and communities across the country,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer.
Apple has also made and distributed face shields and masks to medical workers on the front lines and started America’s Food Fund in partnership with Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio, a group aiming “to feed the country’s most vulnerable populations” during the pandemic.
To ramp up production and shipping, COPAN hired nearly 250 new employees and opened an entire new facility in California. The team worked alongside Apple engineers, product designers and operations professionals to set up a dedicated supply chain that resulted in a 4,000% increase in its test-kit production since April of 2020.
“It means a lot that I was given a chance to work in such a different industry, and for a company that contributes to something greater,” says Gabriela Jiménez, manufacturing supervisor at COPAN.
The facility has also been a new source of employment for people like Jimenez who were left jobless as the result of the pandemic.
As part of the fund Apple has invested over $1.3 billion to support manufacturing and innovation within the United States.
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