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10 initiatives helping healthcare industry during COVID-19

Amid the global pandemic of the coronavirus, many companies are helping wherever they can. Supply Chain Digital highlights 10 initiatives that organisations are doing to help curb the spread of the deadly virus. 

10 | Tesla

Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has announced that its gigafactory facility in New York will soon reopen to begin producing ventilators. New York is currently one of the worst affected areas of the world with more than 30,000 cases.

9 | Ford

The automotive manufacturer, Ford, is working with 3M and GE Healthcare to produce medical equipment and protective gear for healthcare workers in a bid to shortages. The company will develop a new kind of Powered Air-Purifying Respirator for healthcare workers, while also increasing production of 3M’s current respirator service.

8 | Facebook

The social networking powerhouse, Facebook, has donated 720,000 face masks. Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the company had these face masks spare as their emergency reserve in case the wildfires continued. 

7 | Apple

The tech giants, Apple, is donating 10 million protective face masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a video posted on Twitter by CEO, Tim Cook, he said: “These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they’re doing on the frontlines.”

6 | Uber Eats

The on-demand food delivery company, Uber Eats, has announced that it is waiving delivery and activation fees in the UK to support restaurants with decreasing demand due to the virus. The measure will be reviewed on 31 March.

5 | Inditex

Zara-owner, Inditex, has donated over 10,000 face masks to hospitals to help with the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement given to Vogue, it was also revealed that the firm hopes to be in the position to ship over 300,000 masks in total.

4 | Dyson

From traditionally specialising in homeware appliances such as hoovers, hand dryers and heaters, Dyson has begun production on hospital machines and potentially lifesaving equipment. The UK Government has put in an order for 10,000 ventilators, with 5,000 also funded by owner Sir James Dyson. It is expected that 4,000 will be sent to other countries.

3 | ExCel London - Nightingale Hospital

This entry isn’t actually a company but its centre in East London will be transformed into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients. Set to be named Nightingale Hospital, the medical facility will be able to hold 4,000 patients and will be over 87,000 sq.m in size.

2 | Unilever

The consumer goods firm, Unilever, has outlined its intention to spend €100mn (US$109mn) to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus through the donation of soap, sanitizer, bleach and food. The organisation is also offering €500mn (US$547mn) cash flow relief through early payments to small and medium-sized suppliers and extended credit lines for small-scale retail customers. 

1 | AB&Bev

The drink manufacturer, AB&Bev, is using technology from its non-alcohol beer brewing process to create disinfectants from the surplus alcohol. In collaboration with its local partners, the company is able to package the disinfectant alcohol alone or transform it into hand sanitizer gel. In total, AB&Bev will donate around one million bottles of hand sanitizer globally to hospitals and frontline workers in the most impacted areas. 

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10 | Tesla

Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has announced that its gigafactory facility in New York will soon reopen to begin producing ventilators. New York is currently one of the worst affected areas of the world with more than 30,000 cases.

9 | Ford

The automotive manufacturer, Ford, is working with 3M and GE Healthcare to produce medical equipment and protective gear for healthcare workers in a bid to shortages. The company will develop a new kind of Powered Air-Purifying Respirator for healthcare workers, while also increasing production of 3M’s current respirator service.

8 | Facebook

The social networking powerhouse, Facebook, has donated 720,000 face masks. Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the company had these face masks spare as their emergency reserve in case the wildfires continued. 

7 | Apple

The tech giants, Apple, is donating 10 million protective face masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a video posted on Twitter by CEO, Tim Cook, he said: “These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they’re doing on the frontlines.”

6 | Uber Eats

The on-demand food delivery company, Uber Eats, has announced that it is waiving delivery and activation fees in the UK to support restaurants with decreasing demand due to the virus. The measure will be reviewed on 31 March.

5 | Inditex

Zara-owner, Inditex, has donated over 10,000 face masks to hospitals to help with the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement given to Vogue, it was also revealed that the firm hopes to be in the position to ship over 300,000 masks in total.

4 | Dyson

From traditionally specialising in homeware appliances such as hoovers, hand dryers and heaters, Dyson has begun production on hospital machines and potentially lifesaving equipment. The UK Government has put in an order for 10,000 ventilators, with 5,000 also funded by owner Sir James Dyson. It is expected that 4,000 will be sent to other countries.

3 | ExCel London - Nightingale Hospital

This entry isn’t actually a company but its centre in East London will be transformed into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients. Set to be named Nightingale Hospital, the medical facility will be able to hold 4,000 patients and will be over 87,000 sq.m in size.

2 | Unilever

The consumer goods firm, Unilever, has outlined its intention to spend €100mn (US$109mn) to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus through the donation of soap, sanitizer, bleach and food. The organisation is also offering €500mn (US$547mn) cash flow relief through early payments to small and medium-sized suppliers and extended credit lines for small-scale retail customers. 

1 | AB&Bev

The drink manufacturer, AB&Bev, is using technology from its non-alcohol beer brewing process to create disinfectants from the surplus alcohol. In collaboration with its local partners, the company is able to package the disinfectant alcohol alone or transform it into hand sanitizer gel. In total, AB&Bev will donate around one million bottles of hand sanitizer globally to hospitals and frontline workers in the most impacted areas. 

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