The luxury brand conglomerate LVMH, which owns high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Fendi, will rebuild its perfume production lines for productionin response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. According to BBC News, LVMH wants to combat a nationwide shortage of antiviral products in France.
The company announced on Sunday that it would produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels and deliver them to the health authorities free of charge.
On Monday, factories that typically make-up and perfume for brands like Christian Dior and Givenchy will start making hand sanitizers for as long as necessary, according to the BBC News.
To combat the corona virus, restaurants and non-essential stores across France have closed. CBS News’ Imtiaz Tayab reports that Spain, France, and Italy had the highest single-day mortality rates due to the virus on Sunday. In Italy the jump came despite a nationwide ban.
There are currently over 5,400 cases in France, and 127 people have been killed in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
In the United States, the state of New York announced plans earlier this monthand make it available to public institutions for free as consumers complained of nationwide shortages. Some shops and online sellers have been created for Purell and other branded products.