The company is covering the costs of purchasing and transporting the protective equipment.
The donation is mainly intended to support healthcare workers; the relevant authorities and organizations will handle the distribution of the masks.
“During these unprecedented times, we are grateful for the dedication and great work of all those on the COVID-19 front lines,” said Belén Garijo, member of the Executive Board and CEO Healthcare of Merck KGaA. “To help protect more than 30,000 healthcare professionals, we are donating up to a month’s supply of the much needed N95 masks."
Moreover, Merck KGaA is supporting the global fight against COVID-19 through a wide range of actions. For example, the company is cooperating with other pharmaceutical and life science companies as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop, manufacture and provide vaccines, diagnostics and treatment options for COVID-19.
The company’s Life Science business is supporting the Jenner Institute in reaching an initial milestone for the industrial production of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, Merck KGaA and its affiliates have set up their own production capacities for disinfectant at sites in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Norwood, MA, amongst others.