In support of efforts to combat the global spread of COVID-19, Fast Retailing has enlisted the help of its manufacturing partners in China to procure approximately 10 million masks. These masks will be donated to high-priority medical facilities in Japan and in other locations around the world where there is an urgent need for protective wear, including masks.
In Japan, Fast Retailing will donate one million masks to the Japanese government, to be used primarily by medical institutions and nursing facilities. The masks will be distributed around the country to high-priority locations including medical facilities.
A critical shortage of protective masks exists at medical facilities around the world, where the COVID-19 disease has caused an escalating health emergency. This includes markets where Fast Retailing operates; namely Italy, where roughly 75,000 cases have been confirmed, and the United States, where around 65,000 cases have been confirmed. Fast Retailing will donate one million masks to each country through its local UNIQLO offices starting late March. These masks will be supplied to local medical facilities through the Milan City Government and New York State Government.
Fast Retailing is considering ways to provide additional support around the world as specific needs become clear. This includes those European markets where the virus continues to spread, such as Spain, where so far approximately 47,000 cases have been confirmed, Germany, France, and the U.K., as well as Asia, where in South Korea the number of confirmed cases remains at around 9,000.
Since the rapid emergence of COVID-19 in January, Fast Retailing has been working to help urgently affected countries and regions. Through its UNIQLO businesses in China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, the company has provided support including product donations of HEATTECH, AIRism and down jackets to medical staff, in addition to financial contributions to NGOs. The company will continue to give assistance where needed, and as the situation evolves.
Fact Sheet about UNQLO Malaysia initiative and effort
- To express gratitude and appreciation to health workers, donated more than 10,000 pieces of AIRism products for COVID-19 frontline health workers at 12 government hospitals since March 26.
- Hospitals Sungai Buloh, Hospital Putrajaya, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Selayang, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Pulau Pinang, Hospital Seberang Jaya and Hospital Bukit Mertajam, Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Termeloh, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru and Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Johor
- UNIQLO Malaysia believes The Power of Clothing as a force for good and hope AIRism clothing will keep frontline health workers comfortable and cool from wearing protective suits all day
Fast Retailing wishes to take this opportunity to share its heartfelt condolences with the many who have lost loved ones, as well as its deep respect for the countless people in the medical field and beyond who are providing care for those currently undergoing medical treatment.