With COVID-19 cases rising at alarming rates across the globe, the requirement for personal protective equipment for frontline responders like healthcare workers has surged tremendously. To help accommodate this demand, pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co., Inc has reportedly revealed its donation of half a million personal protective masks to support New York City in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The masks were recently delivered to the Emergency Management department in New York, where over 10,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
Merck CEO and Chairman Kenneth C. Frazier has stated that COVID-19 poses a generational challenge to communities across the globe. He further reaffirmed Merck’s dedication towards supporting healthcare workers and their communities by offering essential vaccinations and medications to patients in need, particularly during times of crisis. He also expressed his gratitude towards the frontline responders working to treat patients and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Merck in also working on safeguarding its employees and their families in response to the pandemic, ensuring a consistent supply of medications and vaccines to patients, as well as contributing towards the advancement of antiviral treatments through their robust scientific expertise.
For the uninitiated, Merck, also known as MSD outside Canada and the United States, has a nearly 125-year legacy in advancing and inventing medications and vaccines designed to take on many of the most challenging diseases in the world. With an aim to become the leading name in research for prevention and treatments of various diseases, Merck consistently demonstrates its dedication towards the global population health by providing greater access to healthcare through numerous strategies including, partnerships, programs and far-reaching policies.
The number of COVID-19 cases across the globe has now surged to nearly 328,000, with US and Italy bearing the brunt of the situation. In US alone, the number of novel coronavirus cases have crossed 31,000, with several states such as New York, California and Illinois issuing stay-at-home orders to residents, amidst rising risk of infection.