Joining the chorus of brands and corporates that are lending support to fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ralph Lauren will now produce masks and gowns for medical workers in the US, the designer announced on March 26.
The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation will make 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns, and donate $10 million (approx. Rs 75 crore) towards “global response to the pandemic”, as per a report by the BBC.
The brand is not alone, San Francisco-based Gap also said its factories will make protective gear for medical workers, while its global supply chain connections would be used to acquire masks and gowns, the report added.
In Canada, luxury coat brand Canada Goose said it will produce scrubs and gowns for healthcare workers at two previously closed facilities in the country.
“Now is the time to put our manufacturing resources and capabilities to work for the greater good," CEO of Canada Goose Dani Reiss said.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Earlier, Louis Vuitton owner LVMH said it would divert three perfume factories to manufacture hand sanitisers for hospitals in France.
Besides fashion brands, automakers worldwide, including Indian majors Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors have come forward to use their manufacturing set-up to ramp up production of lifesaving ventilators.Also Read: Coronavirus pandemic | M&M to manufacture indigenous ventilators for Rs 7,500