In response to calls for personal protective equipment for health care workers and other front-line responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada, today announced that it is donating 300,000 masks to New Jerseys Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, New Jersey had confirmed more than 3,500 novel coronavirus cases, the second-highest in the U.S. after New York state. On Sunday, Merck announced a donation of 500,000 masks for use in New York City.
At Merck, we recognize that our global mission to save and improve lives starts in New Jersey, home of our global headquarters and thousands of our employees, said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck. We extend our deepest appreciation to the many healthcare providers and volunteers here and around the world who are doing so much to help affected patients and communities, and to our own employees who are focused on delivering our critically important medicines and vaccines to the patients who need them.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck remains focused on protecting the safety of its employees and their families, assuring that our supply of medicines and vaccines reach our patients, contributing our scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting our healthcare providers and the communities in which they serve.
For more than 125 years, Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the worlds most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals “ including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases “ as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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