"At that point we had no idea how quickly and viciously the novel coronavirus would impact countries around the world," explained Piras. "Within weeks Italy, then Spain and France, were hit hard and other countries quickly followed."
IFSCC PR Committee Chair Simon Chan reached out to a few benefactors in China, asking if they wanted to offer any masks and surgical gowns to IFSCC Societies in hard-hit countries.
"We were stunned by the overwhelming response," recalled Piras.
Soon Chan and his team were arranging for shipments of masks and gowns around the world. In many countries it was impossible to find personal protective equipment such as masks and surgical gowns and in many cases these generous donations literally meant the difference between life and death. So far there have been 40 shipments of 57,000 masks and 100 surgical gowns to 28 organizations in 19 countries.
Companies that have donated PPE include: SH Pechoin Group, GZ Ridgepole, SH BioTruly, SH Premium, BioSH Fresh Packaging, GD Tinci New Materials, GD Danz Group, Henan Shangyan Group, GZ Fanhai Group, GZ Bawei, Nutri-woods, GZ 3INS and Mageline.
The IFSCC also reminds the global beauty industry that the IFSCC 2020 Virtual Congress will occur October 21-30. Podium presentations will be pre-recorded while posters will be shown as PDFs and registrants will be able to watch the podium presentation videos and visit the poster PDFs as many times as they like during the 10 days of the Congress. Questions can be submitted and answers will be posted on the Congress website. All registrants will be able to view the questions and answers. The distinguished lecture by Nobel Prize winner Dr Yoshinori Ohsumi will also be available to everyone.
Participants will receive a viewing manual a month before the Congress. www.ifscc2020.com