In light of the current global shortage of facemasks in response to the coronavirus epidemic, Sands China Ltd. is donating 500,000 medical facemasks to the Macao SAR government, as part of the company’s pledge to support Macao’s efforts to combat the fast-spreading virus.
Macao Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U accepted the first batch of 300,000 facemasks on behalf of the Macao SAR government Tuesday at The Parisian Macao.
“As a company rooted in Macao, Sands China considers it as part of our corporate social responsibility to continually lookout for the wellbeing of the Macao community and to assist in periods of need,” said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. “Our thoughts are with the entire local community during this time of caution, and our company is pleased to be able to respond to the urgent need for facemasks in Macao as we cooperate with the Macao government in its virus prevention efforts. We are confident that, with vigilance and collective action, Macao will navigate through this crisis successfully.”
Alongside frequent and proper handwashing, doctors and medical agencies around the world have stressed the importance of wearing facemasks as a vital and easy-to-implement measure to diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus and to protect oneself and others against infection.
As Macao’s largest integrated resort operator and as a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp., Sands China is able to take advantage of its global procurement network to assist Macao in obtaining facemasks during this high-demand period when stocks are in limited supply.