What you need to know
- Tim Cook says Apple will donate to relief efforts in India amidst a 'devastating rise' in COVID-19 cases.
- The country recorded 320,000 new infections on Tuesday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company will donate to ongoing relief efforts in India as the country battles a growing COVID-19 crisis.
In a tweet overnight Cook stated:
Amid a devastating rise of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and everyone there who is fighting through this awful stage of the pandemic. Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground.
The country is battling an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases, and many foreign countries as well as Google and Microsoft have pledged support.
India recorded 320,000 new infections on Tuesday and almost 200,00 total deaths.
Last week, it emerged that Apple would be offering employees vaccinations against COVID-19 at Apple Park and Cupertino, from that report:
Apple is launching its own vaccination program at campus offices to alleviate the pressure on public vaccination sites, but this will only be available for Apple employees, according to Bloomberg. The tech giant will be working with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. to give Apple employees the shots at Apple Park offices.
There is a website rolling out for staff to sign up for an appointment. Originally, Apple said that as a private company, it did not have access to COVID-19 vaccines for staff members. Previously, Apple encouraged its employees to get vaccines by offering sick leave for days missed when getting the shot and recovering from the side effects. With this new program, Apple hopes that more employees will be able to return to the offices in the coming months. However, Apple has yet to ask employees to return on-site, and this is not an imminent return to the office by signing up for a vaccination appointment, says Apple.