The manufacturer of Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker has announced that they’ll be donating the quantity of alcohol required to make as many as 8 million hand sanitizers for the medical staff fighting the deadly coronavirus that has crippled the entire world.
Diageo will give away two million liters of alcohol to hand sanitizer producers in eight countries as a part of their efforts to help the world fight corona.
The alcohol Diageo is going to donate will be in the form of Grain Neutral Spirit which is 96 per cent alcohol and is used in the manufacture of gin and vodka.
The spirit will be donated to companies in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Brazil, India, Australia, and Kenya.
The chief executive of Diageo, Ivan Menezes, said: “Healthcare workers are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic and we are determined to do what we can to help protect them.
“This is the quickest and most effective way for us to meet the surging demand for hand sanitizers around the world.”
Diageo has taken a big decision to play their part in the fight against corona but they are not the first company to do this.
In the United Kingdom, beer manufacturer BrewDog has modified its production line to make hand sanitizers instead of beer.
The company is using 60 per cent of its production ability to produce “Punk Sanitizer,” named after its flagship liquor brand Punk IPA.
These hand sanitizers will be given away free to people to help shield themselves against the virus.
A number of other gin producers have also started making hand sanitizers instead of liquor to play a positive role in this whole corona scenario.
Psychopomp Micro-distillery from Bristol is supplying the public with 100 ml packings of hand sanitizing products as a charity.
London-based 58 gin will start producing hand sanitizers on a large scale within three weeks. They’ll donate the first batch of their production.
The owner of Lincoln Gin, Matt Felgate, said: “We are trying to use the resources we have – namely high-strength alcohol – to put together a functional hand sanitizer.
“I do not want a penny from this. I’m here to help and do the right thing.”
In addition to that, a number of cosmetic companies across the world are also making efforts to increase their hand sanitizer production to help fulfill the increased demand.