Coronavirus: Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will make free hand sanitizers for France in its perfume factories

As France faces a shortage of hand sanitizers and LVMH announced that three of its largest perfume factories would pivot to hand-sanitizer production


                            Coronavirus: Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will make free hand sanitizers for France in its perfume factories
Bernard Arnault (Getty Image)

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, French multinational corporation and conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy, Louis Vuitton has now decided to make hand sanitizers to donate it free of cost to the people and hospitals of France. 

Since the deadly outbreak, supplies like masks, hand sanitizers, toilet paper rolls, and other commodities are facing a shortage globally. When Italy was in shortage of masks, China stepped in to help by donating 30 tons of masks and other equipment. Similarly, as France faces a shortage of hand sanitizers and LVMH announced that three of its largest perfume factories would pivot to hand-sanitizer production to help the country.

LVMH chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault stated: “Starting Monday, facilities that produce fragrances and cosmetics for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy will switch over to hydroalcoholic gel, which will be given to French health authorities and hospitals free of charge.”

“Through this initiative,” the company’s statement read, “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 hand sanitizers will be delivered to the French health authorities in the midst of the current shortage. According to the New York Times, LVMH anticipates it will make 12 tons of hand sanitizer within its first week, and promised in the statement given by Arnault that it would “continue to honor this commitment for as long as necessary, in the connection with the French Health authorities." 

Hand sanitizers are the best product that could be used to disinfect hands and it is advised to use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. It is used to decrease infectious agents on the hand and it effectively kills microorganisms. Alcohol is effective at killing different types of microbes, including both viruses and bacteria, because it unfolds and inactivates their proteins.

Health authorities around the world have recommended handwashing as a primary measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is advised to sanitize your hand on a regular basis all day and avoid touching your face without disinfecting your hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

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