With the rapid spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the world has been trying to keep up with the increasing demand for medical supplies including surgical face masks. A number of big name fashion companies such as Ralph Lauren, Prada and Louis Vuitton have stepped up to help manufacture masks for people and places in need. Even fast fashion retailer Zara has donated masks and hospital gowns to coronavirus patients and healthcare workers throughout the pandemic.
The latest retailer to join the fight is Uniqlo's parent company, Fast Retailing. The company is donating 10 million masks to medical institutions in Japan and across the globe to help combat the virus. Fast Retailing has enlisted its partners in China to produce the masks, which will mainly be sent out to high-priority medical facilities in Japan. The company is also donating 1 million masks each to countries with high infection rates, including the United States and Italy.
Aside from face masks, Fast Retailing is also helping to support medical staff in affected areas including China, South Korea and Southeast Asia by donating garments such as Uniqlo Heattech and Airism clothing, as well as warm down jackets.
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