LVMH Is Making Hand Sanitiser For French Hospitals Fighting Covid-19
A the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe with alarming speed, national leaders around the world are doing all they can to put a halt to the outbreak of what is becoming one of the greatest threats to public health we’ve seen in decades. And as individuals grapple with the idea of social distancing, supermarkets have been plundered for everything from pasta and flour, to hand sanitiser and paracetamol.
Hand sanitiser has become a hot commodity in the age of coronavirus, and now luxury group LVMH will start making the disinfectant gel at its French facilities that currently produce perfume and cosmetics for some of the world’s leading brands, like Guerlain, Christian Dior and Givenchy. The decision to do so is a direct response to hand sanitiser shortages, with LVMH donating it to French health authorities.
As The Guardian reports, the gel will be delivered “at no charge” to French health authorities, in particular the 39 public hospitals in Paris.
Paris hospitals chief Martine Hirsch told AFP, “I wish to thank LVMH for acting so quickly: they made us this offer on Saturday night at 9pm (2000 GMT), and confirmed it on Sunday.”
That coronavirus is putting incredible pressure on health systems and supplies of basic items is clear. France in particular, is grappling with a sharp spike in cases, after seeing a 25 per cent jump in the number of coronavirus-infected cases in one day, from around 3,600 to 4,500 according to reports from the ABC.
As of Saturday, a total of 127 deaths were confirmed with French authorities announcing that they would shut down all schools and ban gatherings of more than 100 people.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has ordered the closure of all non-essential public locations, such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs, saying simply that grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other public services including transport would be allowed to remain open. This decision comes after huge tourist hubs like the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Versailles Palace were closing “until further notice” as the French government seeks to get a handle on the COVID-19 Pandemic.