We are contributing to the global fight against the coronavirus through our products and expertise in health and nutrition. Our corona ticker provides an up-to-date overview of our activities.
04:00 p.m. CEST: How does success look like in times of working remotely due to Corona? Our colleague Megan McNamee, Climate Customer Success Specialist, discusses how her team at Climate Corp is staying connected and helping customers to make data driven decisions.
10:00 p.m. CEST: Employees all over the world can submit their ideas and challenges for the fight against Corona on our internal WeSolve collaboration platform. Together we can make an impact by leveraging our diverse resources - as experts, scientists, innovators or coaches, to keep working effectively and support each other in these difficult times. A first idea - how to help colleagues increase their resilience and mental wellbeing - has already been implemented.
03:00 p.m. CEST: In India, Bayer will be providing over 200,000 units of face masks (3 ply), 2000 units of N-95 masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and other medical supplies to various healthcare professionals in the country to help them in their fight against the virus. Furthermore, we are also helping other companies to engage in relief activities by helping them procure the PPE kits through our vendor network and helping to transport the same to various hospitals.
08:00 a.m. CET: While testing for COVID-19 ramps up, there’s another kind of testing that will prove equally important to combating the pandemic: one that can detect whether someone has already been infected and therefore is protected. Leapsmag has published a very interesting interview about this. Leapsmag was created by Leaps by Bayer, a new innovation initiative whose mission is to “aim for fundamental breakthroughs in the life sciences – ‘leaps’ that have the potential to change our world for the better.”
09:00 a.m. CET: Researchers at Bayer have launched an internal platform under the tagline “Science4Help”. All of our researchers are encouraged to use this platform to share and discuss ideas for combating the coronavirus, as a way of enabling us to leverage our in-house creative potential.
08:00 a.m. CET: Employees of the Pharmaceuticals Division with a medical background can register to volunteer in the fight against the coronavirus. Bayer is supporting the local health care system by giving these employees paid leave for a period of up to 4 weeks so that they can volunteer during this time. With numerous physicians and paramedical practitioners among its staff, Bayer is well positioned to help meet the urgent demand for specialist personnel.
03:00 p.m. CET: The WHO is launching a global study to test whether existing drug products can be used to treat corona. One of these products is Bayer’s active ingredient chloroquine (trade name: Resochin).
09:00 a.m. CET: We are assessing our capabilities for producing disinfectants, which are currently in such short supply, as a matter of urgency. In Germany we are drawing on the expertise of our plants in Wuppertal and Bergkamen. Our facility in Cimanggis, Indonesia, has decided to produce hand sanitizers locally to protect employees and their families. As of March 19th, they have already produced approximately 250 liters of disinfectants.
07:00 p.m. CET: Just recently it was announced that US health authorities will be supported in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 with the malaria drug chloroquine.
10:00 a.m. CET: Bayer CEO Werner Baumann addresses all of the company’s stakeholders in a message. He pledges that Bayer will remain a dependable partner for its customers throughout the current crisis and that it will support health authorities all over the world in the fight against the epidemic.
11:30 a.m. CET: Bayer’s Board of Management sends a letter to employees around the world and outlines the top priorities during the crisis: protecting their health and keeping production running so that we can continue to supply our products to people who need them. All employees able to work from home are asked to do so.