Hasbro, an American conglomerate with toys, board games, and media assets, is reportedly shifting its focus to manufacturing plastic face shields to assist healthcare workers.
The company has recently announced its intention to partner with a card & board game manufacturer, Cartamundi, to offer over 50,000 face shields per week for healthcare workers, who are front liners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This announcement comes along the heels of medical workers such as doctors and nurses across the United States facing a severe disruption in the supply of the PPE (personal protective equipment).
John Frascotti, Hasbro’s COO & President, has stated that the company is excited to attain an opportunity to jointly work together with the partners at Cartamundi and directly cater to the lack of adequate PPE for front-line healthcare professionals in the community.
Hasbro is initially planning to manufacture 250,000 face shields; however, it will continuously evaluate the rising needs and take the necessary response measures. Its PPE will be donated to the local hospitals located in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
According to the reported statement made by Phillip Wauters, Cartamundi's executive vice president, the company is pleased to partner with Hasbro to focus on designing, engineering, and manufacturing essential face shields and donate to the local medical workers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It is also planning to continuously cater to this need and demand for PPE for several weeks to help the community fight the ongoing crisis.
The masks manufactured will be assembled at the facility of Cartamundi in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Apart from this, the company has also implemented several precautionary measures for production line workers at its facility, such as social distancing measures, plexiglass screens, regular sanitization between shifts, medical screenings, temperature checks, and provision of PPE. It is also planning to follow safety guidelines in accordance with the WHO & local and federal government.
Reportedly, there are nearly 2.9 million positive cases of the COVID-19 disease and over 203,000 deaths recorded globally, to date.