Christian Dior, Givenchy Will Hand Out Free Sanitisers to French Health Authorities

Christian Dior, Givenchy Will Hand Out Free Sanitisers to French Health Authorities

Luxury perfume brands Christian Dior and Givenchy will produce free hand sanitiser for French health authorities, amid the worsening coronavirus crisis. 

The French conglomerate LVMH will use perfume production lines at three factories to manufacture large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel, or hand sanitizer, amid a ‘lack of product in France’, following 4,500 reported cases and 120 deaths in the country.

The Louis Vuitton owner will start production today in a bid to enable ‘a greater number of people’ to ‘take the right action’ during the global health pandemic.

‘LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday,’ LVMH announced in a statement on Sunday.

‘These gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities.’

‘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 French luxury conglomerate also owns Moët Hennessy, Guerlain, Tiffany, Tag Heuer and Bulgari, and will focus much of their produce on the 39 public hospitals in Paris.

Many took to Twitter to urge UK businesses to put in a similar effort amid the crisis, while some urged the government to take further action.

‘Good news, are there any British Companies looking to do this?’ asked one.

‘Lol, Louis Vuitton doing more than the UK government’, raged another.

Another added: ‘Louis Vuitton owner to start making hand sanitiser. Do we have any perfume manufactures that could do this in the UK?’

This comes in the wake of widespread shortages of hand sanitizer across the globe.

The number of confirmed UK cases has reached 1,372, and British supermarkets have been forced to ration the amount of sanitiser per customer to stop shelves being stripped.

Tesco announced its policy earlier this month, as well as the frequently purchased disaster goods, the store has decided to limit antibacterial gels, wipes, sprays and children’s cold medicine, Calpol.

There were even reports last week of desperate people stealing bottles from hospitals as they came to visit their relatives.

Bottles of the invaluable 400ml foaming hand sanitiser, kept at the ends of beds, are ‘disappearing every day’, Northampton General Hospital, a spokesperson told the BBC.

More than 170,000 cases of the coronavirus have now been recorded worldwide, with more than 6,500 deaths confirmed across six continents.

France has closed non-essential public places such as restaurants, cafes and certain retail stores in an effort to combat the spread of the pandemic.

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