France is experiencing a shortage of hand sanitiser. To help this, the luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton (LVMH) will start making it to help fight COVID-19. It will use its perfume production lines to start making sanitiser. The company wants to help tackle the shortage. It announced: "LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands to produce large quantities of alcoholic gels. These gels will be delivered free of charge to health authorities." It added: "LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities."
LVMH owns well-known brands such as champagne maker Moet & Chandon, watchmaker Tag Heuer and jeweller Bulgari. It manufactures perfume for brands like Christian Dior and Givenchy. In a warlike effort, it will change production to help France's health system. More commercial companies could help in the fight against the coronavirus. The UK government has asked the car maker Rolls Royce to make ventilators. These are urgently required to help people breathe. The UK's health service has a huge shortage of ventilators. It is preparing for more people to contract the virus.