Burberry contributes to the battle against covid-19
The company supplies surgical masks and converts the iconic Yorkshire factory for the manufacture of masks and protective clothing, supports the search for a single-dose vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and donates to charities committed to addressing food poverty in the Kingdom Kingdom
Burberry joins the global effort to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, and dedicates its resources to supporting people affected by the disease and preventing further infections. By leveraging our global supply chain, supporting a global research leader and financing food supplies, we will help meet the most immediate medical and community needs, while supporting the development of a long-term solution to the global pandemic.
- We are working to facilitate the delivery of surgical masks, protective masks and gowns for use by medical personnel and patients.
- We are using our global supply chain to expedite the delivery of over 100,000 surgical masks to the UK National Health Service for distribution to medical personnel.
- We are converting our trench factory in Castleford, Yorkshire to produce clothing and protective masks for patients. Production and distribution will be subject to the approval of the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
- We are funding the search for a single-dose vaccine developed by the University of Oxford which will begin testing on humans next month. The University, one of the best in the world in the development of emergency vaccines, boasts successes in the fight against Ebola and MERS.
- We are donating to charities dedicated to fighting food poverty across the UK such as FareShare and The Felix Project.
As pressure on food supplies increases, charities are further intensifying efforts to help those struggling with the epidemic. This includes setting up community centers, providing food for young people who rely on free school meals, supporting food banks to cope with the growing demand for prepackaged food parcels and supporting social distancing policies.
In this regard Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Burberry, said: “In difficult times, we must collaborate. The entire Burberry team is extremely proud to be able to support those who are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19 right now, both treating patients and working on a vaccine search or distributing food supplies to the needy. COVID-19 has radically changed our life, our daily lives, but we hope that our support will help save more lives, control the spread of the virus and help the world heal from this devastating pandemic. Together, we will make it. “
The director of health sciences at the University of Oxford, Professor Gavin Screaton, commented: “We are delighted with Burberry’s generous support for COVID-19 vaccine research. Burberry’s gift is an example of forward-looking corporate philanthropy that complements and reinforces the government investment, and not only, on the talent of Oxford, a global leader in this field. Donations like this have a rapid and real impact, allowing us to be agile in the response, and accelerate research in this critical situation “