LVMH expects to have produced 12 tons of hand sanitizer, which will be delivered to hospitals and other health authorities in France.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated March 16, 2020
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LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, is repurposing its perfume manufacturing facilities to make hand sanitizer during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement obtained by Reuters, LVMH said it would “use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands ... to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday” and that “these gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities.”

Three production facilities typically create fragrances for brands like Givenchy, Christian Dior and Guerlain. By the end of the week, LVMH expects to have produced 12 tons of hand sanitizer, which will be delivered to hospitals and other health authorities in France, which is in a partial lockdown as there are over 5,400 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the country. Cafés, restaurants, and shops are currently closed.

The sanitizer will not be branded and will be available free of charge.

The company also owns luxury brands like Moët & Chandon, Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari.

Luxury cosmetic goods, of French multinational luxury group LVMH by Guerlain are displayed in the new LVMH perfume and cosmetics research centre.
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Many countries around the world are facing a hand sanitizer shortage during the coronavirus outbreak as photos of empty drug store shelves have surfaced on social media. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would begin producing its own version. The sanitizer, which will be produced in state prisons, will be distributed to schools, prisons, government agencies and New York City’s transit authority.

The Transportation Security Administration announced last week that it would begin allowing larger containers of hand sanitizer through its airport security checkpoints. Travelers are now allowed to bring containers up to 12 ounces full of sanitizer in their carry-on luggage. The containers must be separately screened from all other items, which may increase the amount of time a passenger has to spend at security.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Surgeon General asked the public to stop buying face masks in order to prevent a shortage for healthcare workers who need them to complete their work.

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