Tuesday 17 March 2020
LVMH produces scents for the likes of Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / AFP

French luxury group conglomerate LVMH is set to produce hand sanitisers at three of its perfume and cosmetics factories for distribution to French hospitals to combat the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.

12 tons of hand sanitisers will be produced by this week, instead of the usual Christian Dior and Givenchy scents and make-up that are usually made at the three factories. The items will be made for free for French health authorities, in particular the 39 public hospitals in Paris.

“Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a 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,” the company said in a press release.

LVMH make hand sanitizers
Hot in demand. Photo: Unsplash

“I wish to thank LVMH for acting so quickly. They made us this offer on Saturday night at 9:00 pm (2000 GMT), and confirmed it on Sunday,” Paris hospitals chief Martine Hirsch told AFP. According to the city’s hospital spokeswoman, the hospitals are yet to run out of sanitisers but supplies are indeed strained.

Fears of catching the COVID-19 have sparked a race on hand sanitisers across the country, with many pharmacies restricting outlets to one small bottle per person. Additionally, the government has issued a decree limiting prices after reports some retailers were trying to make extra profit from would-be buyers, with a 100-millilitre bottle now costing no more than US$3.30.

The virus outbreak has also led to panic buys of toilet paper and food, with the former causing many people to go berserk in a bid to stock up with enough supplies to last a lifetime. Face masks are another popular product to help combat the COVID-19 spread. However, keeping our hands clean remains to be the best prevention method for the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds that washing hands with soap and water is still the best way to guard against the virus. Meanwhile, for hand sanitisers to be effective, it must have at least 60% alcohol, according to the CDC.

Source: AFP Relax News