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BrewDog is making its own hand sanitiser and distributing it to hospitals free of charge.
The Scottish brewer's co-founder James Watt announced earlier in the week that the company would be using its distillery to manufacture 'Punk Sanitiser' in order to help those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Today (22 March), he announced that it was being bottled and would be delivered to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Intensive Care Unit.
We are bottling our sanitiser today. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Intensive Care Unit got in touch to tell us that they out of sanitiser. So we are delivering to them, for free, this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/Tv7wqyqeIT
- James Watt (@BrewDogJames) March 22, 2020
Hand sanitiser is in huge demand across the UK and every country to be affected by Covid-19, with thorough and regular hand washing identified as a crucial measure means of combating the spread of the disease.
Outlining the action being taken by BrewDog in an interview with Sky News, James said: "We essentially lost 70 percent of our revenue overnight and we are doing all we can to adapt, to think about our resources differently, to try and survive, to try and save as many jobs as we can, to try and help the country through this.
"So we've been using our distillery to make hand sanitiser and giving that away, we've been using some of our team members to go to the supermarkets and try and help keep beer on the shelves, we've been using our bar network as delivery hubs so people can get beer on demand at home."
Explaining the decision to create and distribute hand sanitiser free of charge, he added: "It's going to come at a cost to the business but I think it's the right thing to do at this time.
"It's a challenging time for everyone, it's a challenging time for the country, and as well as doing our best to survive we want to do what we can to help the country get through this quickly and get through this in the best shape possible."
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