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Apple’s investment in the fight againstbearing fruit. The company announced Monday that more than 15 million sample collection kits manufactured by COPAN Diagnostics have been shipped across the United States, in large part thanks to Apple. .
Test kits are used by hospitals to collect specimens of the disease to aid research in finding better testing and treatment options.
“We are proud that our Advanced Manufacturing Fund supports companies like COPAN that play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 and help healthcare professionals and communities across the country,” said Jeff Williams, Chief Apple’s operation.
Apple has also manufactured and distributed face shields and masks to frontline medical workers and launched the U.S. Food Fund in partnership with Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio, a group aimed at “feeding the most vulnerable populations in the world. country “during the pandemic.
To speed up production and shipping, COPAN hired nearly 250 new employees and opened a brand new factory in California. The team has worked alongside Apple engineers, product designers and operations professionals to build a dedicated supply chain that has resulted in a 4,000% increase in the production of its test kits since April 2020 .
“It means a lot that I have been fortunate enough to work in such a different industry, and for a company that contributes to something bigger,” says Gabriela Jiménez, Manufacturing Supervisor at COPAN.
The facility has also been a new source of employment for people like Jimenez who found themselves out of work as a result of the pandemic.
As part of the fund, Apple has invested more than $ 1.3 billion to support manufacturing and innovation in the United States.
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