LVMH—the mother company of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain, and many more will begin using some of its perfume facilities to manufacture its own hand sanitizers in response to the shortage in France caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. A statement from LVMH said the company “will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands […] to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels. These gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities.”
As recently reported by Vogue, the company specifically announced it will start to convert three of its perfume manufacturing facilities to make the hand sanitizer; these facilities are where LVMH produces many of its perfumes, including for brands such as Guerlain, Dior, and Givenchy. According to a report by Forbes, the first batch of the manufactured hydroalcoholic gel, around 12 tons of them, are expected to be rolled out by the end of the week.
The shortage of alcohol based products to quickly disinfect and sanitize the hands is not exclusive to the Philippines. In fact there is a global shortage due to coronavirus concerns because the World Health Organization recommends this as an effective tool to avoid spreading the virus. Several posts online are about DIY disinfectants and hand sanitizers. In the US, the FDA encouraged licensed pharmacists and doctors to begin creating it.
LVMH, headquartered in Paris, is doing its contribution in combatting the pandemic that is heavily affecting France. Along with the US, and the Philippines, France is just one of the many countries where non-essential establishments in public places such as restaurants, bars, theaters are temporarily closed. As of this writing, the number of coronavirus cases globally is 198,229 with 7,965 deaths, and 81,734 recovered.
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