The money will help Copan increase sampling kit production.
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Apple donated $ 10 million to Copan Diagnostics, a company that manufactures sampling kits COVID-19. The funds will help Copan expand its coronavirus sample kit production capacity from several thousand to more than one million kits per week in early July. Apple draws on its Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which is usually reserved for nearby suppliers like Corning, and shows how urgent the project is.
The funds will help Copan expand into a new, larger plant in Southern California and create around 50 jobs. At the same time, Apple will support Copan in the procurement of equipment and materials from “companies in the USA” and develop new devices in collaboration with two other companies.
Copan is a “global player in the collection and storage of samples for the diagnosis of infectious diseases,” said Apple, adding that the company’s kits have “played a critical role in the COVID-19 testing process.” . Copán is best known for inventing the flocked swab, a rod with a nylon tip that allows for quick sampling and extraction. According to the press release, the company is also “the leading means of transport for the long-term collection, transport, preservation and storage of clinical specimens containing viruses”.
Apple said it donated 10 million face shields and received 30 million healthcare professionals’ masks. In collaboration with CDC, an app and website have also been developed to help users check their symptoms. The company is also working with Google on a COVID-19 contact tracking app.