LVMH to make hand sanitiser for hospitals amid coronavirus crisis

Entrance to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has instructed bosses at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making "substantial quantities" of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

"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," a spokesperson said in a statement. "LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities."

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,600 people have died.

In France, leaders have introduced sweeping restrictions across the nation, with cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and many non-essential stores now closed, while pharmacies have restricted customers to one bottle of sanitiser per person.

There has been over 5,400 coronavirus cases reported in the country, with 127 deaths.

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