CMA CGM, the fourth biggest container shipping line in the world, will donate 100,000 face masks to the Paris Regional Health Agency to help France’s fight against the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.
In a statement, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said the masks will be available immediately and distributed throughout the country.
“Faced with the health crisis now facing France, we offered to provide 100,000 masks to the French Government,” Saade said.
“The CMA CGM Group stands side by side with the Government in helping to tackle this epidemic.
“As a company, we must do everything we can to protect our employees and also play our part, alongside the Government and healthcare staff, in dealing with this epidemic.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed 674 people in France, as of 23 March 2020, and infected 16,018 in total, making it one of the worst hit countries in Europe so far.