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Danish companies support China's fight against the coronavirus

28.02.2020  10:40

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China became known, the Danish government, companies and people from all walks of life have taken action to support China in controlling the virus.

Below, you will find examples of Danish companies and organizations that have either made donations or provided assistance to help China in the fight against COVID-19.

Government support

In response to the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Prehn announced on 3 February, that Denmark would contribute urgently needed medical supplies to China funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The value of these supplies is DKK 3 million, roughly RMB 3.12 million.

"Denmark stands with China to combat the spread of coronavirus. This is an international health crisis," said Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark.

Donations from Danish companies

Danfoss, the Danish company specialized in energy efficient technologies, sent 12,000 N95 masks and 2000 protection suits from its Danish headquarter to China. 10,000 masks were sent directly to the Wuhan Union Medical College Hospital. The remaining 2,000 masks and 2000 sets of protective clothing were donated to the Haiyan County Government of Jiaxing City to support frontline personnel. Danfoss also donated 2.000 N95 masks to the Tianjin Wuqing Development Zone.

Danfoss and Danish health care product manufacturer Abena co-funded a shipment of protective medical equipment. The shipment, valued over DKK 1.13 million (appr. RMB 1.16 million), includes 80,000 pieces of facial masks, 6300 isolation gowns, antimicrobial medical gloves, surface disinfection wipes, pull-up briefs for doctors and more. Shipped from Denmark, these supplies will be delivered to the frontline hospitals in Hubei province, which will provide protection for medical personnel to control and eventually contain the epidemic.

To facilitate the wastewater treatment at newly expanded hospital, Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos donated a set of sodium hypochlorite disinfection system to the Dingsidang Town Health Center in Huanggang City. The entire equipment was successfully installed within just five days.

Danish pharmaceutical company Coloplast donated medical supplies worth of RMB 2 million to hospitals in Hubei Province through the Wuhan Red Cross Society.

Wearing N95 masks for a long time has caused medical device-related pressure ulcers grown on the nose and cheeks of many medical personnel. If left untreated, severe skin ulceration will occur. As a result, Coloplast donated medical supplies such as hydrocolloid dressings to 54 hospitals at Hubei Province. The equipment shipped by air have already begun arriving.

The LEGO Group donated 2,000 toy sets to Wuhan Children's Hospital through Shanghai Women's Federation, Shanghai Children's Foundation, and Xuhui District Women's Federation. The sets were shipped to Wuhan on February 22, in the hope that these toys would help distract children from pain. The staff members of various retail stores also used LEGO bricks and pieces to create figures with positive messages. 

By collaborating with local government, the LEGO Group’s factory in Jiaxing donated 30,000 N95 masks to local hospitals, neighborhood committees and other front-line organizations.

In addition, with the assistance from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, the 1 million yuan donated by the LEGO Group is used for the medical supplies procurement of Yunmeng County Hospital in the city of Xiaogan. On Feburary 28, the first three non-invasive ventilators were already put into use in the hospital.

LINAK, a Danish actuator system provider, responded quickly to the urgent demand for medical device in Wuhan and other parts of China, by providing electric linear actuators to support frontline hospitals such as Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital.

Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases, has donated RMB 1 million to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to support frontline medical workers to combat the epidemic.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, in answer to an initiative made by Alibaba’s logistic affiliate Cainiao, Maersk Group and its logistic arm Damco, alongside a number of logistics companies, have joined the line-up of providing emergency supplies transportation services and shipped relief supplies from China and abroad to Wuhan free of costs. Maersk also supports its customers and relevant organizations by providing free airlifts and landside logistics services.

In addition, Maersk offered its customers in mainland China days of free detention from January 24, 2020 to February 9, 2020 to ease their burden.

In order to speed up the delivery of urgently needed supplies, Maersk’s subsidiary Ocean East Logistics also actively participated in the virus relief efforts, by offering free clearance and relevant warehousing and distribution services for imported medical goods that will be used to support the virus-affected areas.

Through the Hubei Charity Federation, Maersk will also donate a total of 192,000 FFP2 (European N95) masks to the Huanggang Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarter and Xiaogan Charity Federation to support the prevention and control of the virus. Meanwhile, Maersk continues to procure medical supplies worldwide, including protective clothing, protective caps, and forehead thermometers. It is estimated that the value of these donations will exceed RMB 2 million and will arrive in Hubei in the near future.

On January 24, Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk announced a donation of RMB 1 million to the Red Cross Society of China, specifically used for the virus prevention and control in Wuhan.

Then, through TakeAction initiative, the employees of Novo Nordisk China voluntarily donated RMB 536.179. Novo Nordisk China donated the same amount, and its Danish headquarter also promised to commit in accordance with the total amount donation in Greater China. Eventually, another donation of RMB 2.15 million was given to the Red Cross Society of China.

By far, Novo Nordisk has donated medical supplies worth of RMB 9 million to hospitals and doctors nationwide, including masks, protective suits, protective screens, goggles, disinfectants, medical hand sanitizers, medical gloves, and effervescent tablets.

Danish biotech company Novozymes donated RMB 1 million through the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to support the epidemic prevention and control in Hubei Province, including hospital construction and medical equipment procurement, humanitarian assistance for frontline medical workers, and procurement of epidemic prevention materials.

Danish wind power company Vestas also donated RMB 1 million to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. The donation will be used to support and fund medical staff fighting on the frontlines in Wuhan, as to express concerns and support whereas providing them humanitarian aids.

On February 13, Danish dairy company Arla donated 100 boxes of imported baby formula to female medical workers in Hubei. The company has also launched a nationwide campaign, which will allow pregnant women and lactating mothers to claim free formula. The total value of Arla’s contribution is over RMB 1.5 million.

GN Store Nord A/S, the parent company of Jabra and ReSound, has purchased medical supplies worth of DKK 1 million (roughly RMB 1.01 million) and donated them to targeted hospitals in Hubei. By communicating with local task force and doctors, the Group has confirmed the list of urgently needed medical supplies and purchased accordingly. In recent days, the donations have been on their ways to 8 hospitals in Wuhan, Huanggang and Jingzhou, including 322 sets of protective suits, 1,000 pair of goggles, 2,220 pieces of hydrocolloid dressing, 25,000 pairs of medical gloves, 4 sets of respirator and 1 set of high flow humidifier.

Danish organic food supplier Dueholm, joined by Marriott Real Estate Group, immediately deployed Dueholm's production line at Chizhou Organic Farm in Anhui Province and donated a total of 288,000 organic eggs to Zhifang Street Coronavirus Control Headquarter, Shizishan Subdistrict Office and Guanshan Street South-Central Minzu University Community. The donation will be dispatched to those in need living in the neighborhoods.

Hempel, a Danish manufacturer of coating solutions, donated medical supplies worth of 1 million yuan to Hubei Charity Federation, including patient monitors, invasive ventilators and non-invasive ventilators, for the COVID-19 prevention and control in Hubei.

About 100 boxes of butter cookies donated by Danisa have been delivered to the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital and Wuhan Hanxing Street Community Health Service Center to help front-line health care workers.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals donated RMB 1 million to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, specifically used to purchase urgently needed medical protective equipment for hospitals and medical staff across China who fight at the frontline against the COVID-19 outbreak. The donation was spent on the procurement of over 37,000 pairs of medical goggles. The first batch of goggles have already been shipped to Wuhan Jianghan Mobile Cabin Hospital and the remaining goggles will be delivered to Hubei and other hospitals and mobile cabin hospitals in Wuhan from the end of February.

Leo Pharma, a Danish company specialized in medical dermatology, donated 9,000 medical masks and 2,100 medical protective suits to hospitals in Wuhan, in hope of supporting front-line medical staff in the fight against coronavirus. The company also donated 1,600 Fucidin® to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital to treat skin infections caused by doctors wearing protective equipment for a long time.

On February 6, Chongqing Brewery Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Carlsberg, donated RMB 2 million to the Chongqing Charity Federation for the COVID-19 prevention and control in Chongqing. On February 7, Carlsberg (China) Breweries and Trading Co., Ltd donated another RMB 3 million to the China Charity Federation, which will be used for the VIRUS prevention and control in Hubei in accordance with the situation and needs of front-line medical workers.

On February 27, the factory of Danish Crown in Pinghu donated 487 non-contact infrared thermometers to the education system of Pinghu City. Before that, on February 21, the company also donated 350 kg of pork belly and 350 kg of ribs to the Pinghu Economic Development Zone for people working at the frontline against the COVID-19 outbreak. The total value of the food is about RMB 50,000.

Support from Danish cultural industry and world of sport

Danish artists and athlete have also expressed their support and concern for China's combat against the epidemic.

Danish singer, songwriter Asbjørn, whose electronic pop music has enjoyed millions of YouTube views, held several concerts in China last year. Following the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak closely, he recorded a video to send his encouragement and blessing to Chinese friends.

Located in Odder, Denmark, Theatre Madam Bach has been working in children’s theatre and communicating with young audience through sound and words for years. Founders of the theatre Christian Schrøder and Pernille Bach have visited China for many times and have given 156 performances across the country. This time, they also film a video to show their goodwill.

Danish badminton player and former World Champion Viktor Axelsen is well known for his fondness of Chinese culture and his fluency in mandarin. Viktor Axelsen recorded a support video for the Chinese people.

Denmark supports the international fight against the coronavirus

In addition to supporting the fight against COVID-19 in China, Denmark has also donated DKK 8 million to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies, which aims at quickly mounting an effective response to disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises with health consequences.

“It is important that Denmark takes a co-responsibility in the global response to health crises. The current situation with COVID-19 shows the importance of quick response from WHO,” says Minister of Health and Senior Citizens Magnus Heunicke.