Destilería Serrallés Inc. announced that, in response to the emergency situation that Puerto Rico is experiencing due to the recent detection of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, it has begun production of ethyl alcohol with a concentration of 70% that it will donate to hospitals and health clinics throughout Puerto Rico.
This type of alcohol, which is not suitable for human consumption, is indicated by world health organizations for use in sanitation and disinfection protocols in patients and clinical settings to avoid hubs of viral spread.
“Given the critical health emergency that our people are going through, we have refocused our manufacturing operations to produce ethyl alcohol and donate it to the hospitals and the public health sector,” Destilería Serallés President Philippe Brechot.
“One of the recommended products to help prevent COVID-19 is this one as a sanitary agent and disinfectant. With the broad need that has arisen in Puerto Rico, we want to contribute to our people, hospitals, and health professionals who are attending to this urgent situation,” he said.
“We will be providing the product for free to eligible entities to help mitigate the current shortage of ethyl alcohol,” the executive said.
To this end, Destilería Serrallés has contacted members of the island’s health and hospital sector to share information with eligible entities, as well as details on how to pick up the product at its Ponce headquarters.
“The emergency we’re experiencing due to the spread of the Coronavirus is critical and very fluid, since it’s constantly changing. We must all contribute to stop the spread of this virus by exercising prudence and discipline in our hygiene and the social isolation requested by the authorities,” Brechot said.
“We urge our citizens to follow the recommendations issued by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Puerto Rico Health Department, to together stop the advance of this pandemic in Puerto Rico, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people around the world,” Brechot said.