3M and pandemic Action Network will collaborate on programs to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and also announced a commitment to work together to help prepare for future pandemics.
3M has led a comprehensive global response to the specific needs of each country during the pandemic and will now combine its learnings with insights from the Pandemic Action Network, the first organization of its kind advocating for policy changes and increased support and resources to ensure countries are better prepared to prevent, detect and respond to the threats of a pandemic.
"We remain true to our 3M vision of improving every life, as we take steps today to prepare for and help protect against future pandemics," said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president and chief corporate affairs officer at 3M. "No single actor or sector can address the enormity of this alone. The challenge demands bold collaboration on innovative solutions and approaches with governments, NGOs, academic organizations and other companies because this is how we will build a stronger and more resilient future."
Pandemic Action Network is a coalition of more than 100 global multi-sector organizations that are driving collective action to end COVID-19 and ensure the world is prepared for the next pandemic. 3M and pandemic Action Network will work together on programming to support vulnerable communities that continue to bear the brunt of COVID-19.
"With the massive vaccine rollout and recent U.S. CDC guidance on masking, many people are hopeful that the worst is over, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and now is not the time to let our guard down So far in 2021, more cases and deaths have been reported compared to all of 2020. We must act on lessons learned and continue to promote and inspire healthy behaviors while ensuring the world is better prepared for pandemic threats," said Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO of Panorama Global and co-founder of the Pandemic Action Network. Through our partnership with 3M, we will mobilize public support and catalyze action until the world has completely crushed this pandemic."
3M recognized the challenge of COVID-19 early on and has increased production of N95 respirators and other supplies needed to combat the pandemic. Recently, 3M analyzed lessons learned from the pandemic and published a white paper on best practices and policies to prepare for future pandemics. 3M has also partnered with humanitarian aid organizations that provide critical supplies and assistance around the world. Learn more about 3M's efforts to combat COVID-19, here.