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ICTA publishes factsheet on chemical distribution industry

ICTA publishes factsheet on chemical distribution industry

Too often, people have difficulty understanding the role and added value of the chemical distribution industry. 

ICTA has developed a factsheet to help you clarify. ICTA will also use the factsheet to explain the importance of our industry at global stakeholders. If you are interested in receiving the factsheet please contact the ICTA secretariat. 

Covid-19: UN issues appeals to combat Covid-19

Covid-19: UN issues appeals to combat Covid-19

The UN has launched a US$2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight Covid-19 in vulnerable countries to protect millions of people and stop the virus from circling back around the globe, see here
 
WHO and its partners are seeking financing for PPE for frontline health workers, equipment for diagnostic laboratories, strengthened supply chains and R&D of vaccines. Therefore, a new covid-19 fund has been launched to raise money to help countries respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to directly contribute to global response efforts. See here.

Covid-19: Shortage of PPE and disinfectants worldwide

Covid-19: Shortage of PPE and disinfectants worldwide

WHO has warned that disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk. Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, prices have surged. Surgical masks have seen a sixfold increase, N95 respirators have trebled and gowns have doubled. Supplies can take months to deliver and market manipulation is widespread, with stocks frequently sold to the highest bidder. WHO therefore calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent.
 
WHO has so far shipped nearly half a million sets of personal protective equipment to 47 countries, but supplies are rapidly depleting. Based on WHO modelling, an estimated 89 million medical masks are required for the Covid-19 response each month. For examination gloves, that figure goes up to 76 million, while international demand for goggles stands at 1.6 million per month. See here.
 
There are also global shortages of disinfectants. The global chemical industry is stepping up with a massive pivot towards the production of key raw materials for hand sanitizers as well as the finished product itself. See here for an overview.