Apple Lends Manufacturing Help as Nasal Swab Maker COPAN Diagnostics Ships 15 Million Kits

Apple stated on Monday nasal swab maker COPAN Diagnostics has shipped 15 million COVID-19 pattern assortment kits to hospitals in California, Texas and different US states, bolstered by manufacturing assist from the tech big.

Apple awarded $10 million (roughly Rs. 72 crores) to the Murrieta, California-based firm in Might final yr and despatched engineers to assist revamp the manufacturing course of at a time when shortages of testing provides had slowed efforts to trace the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

The iPhone maker had initially aimed to assist COPAN go from making a number of thousand kits per week to 1 million kits every week, with the corporations additionally seeking to create not less than 50 new jobs in Southern California.

Apple didn’t say on Monday whether or not the 1-million-kit-per-week objective had been hit, however stated COPAN had elevated its manufacturing by almost 4,000 %, opened a brand new facility and employed 250 staff.

“The driving force behind that was that everyone needed to make a distinction inside a timeframe the place we may make a distinction,” Regular Sharples, COPAN’s chief govt, stated in an announcement.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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