LVMH to Produce Free Hand Sanitizer for French Health Authorities
The luxury group will utilize the production facilities of Christian Dior, Givenchy and Guerlain.
Given the risk of a shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France due to the coronavirus outbreak, LVMH has announced that it will be using the production facilities of its Perfumes & Cosmetics brands – Christian Dior, Givenchy and Guerlain – to produce large quantities of hand sanitizer for public authorities. According to Forbes, the multinational cooperation aims to release the first deliverables by March 16 and by the end of the first week, it expects to make 12 tons of hydroalcoholic gel. LVMH said in a statement:
“The gel will be delivered free of charge to the French health authorities and as a priority from this Monday to the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris. Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of the lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus. LVMH will continue to honor this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities.”
With COVID-19 now a pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a global shortage of alcohol-based sanitizers and the FDA has encouraged licensed pharmacists and physicians to start making their own hydroalcoholic gel.
Read LVMH’s full message below. In other coronavirus-related news, Nike has announced that it will temporarily close all its U.S. stores due to the pandemic.
Wow. “Given the risk of a shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France, Bernard Arnault has instructed the @LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics business to prepare its production sites to manufacture substantial quantities of hydroalcoholic gel to be provided to public authorities.” pic.twitter.com/NfkkWUb4Yr
— Lauren Sherman (@lapresmidi) March 15, 2020