To help fight the current COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore, German specialty chemicals company LANXESS has donated powdered concentrate of its highly effective Rely+OnTM VirkonTM disinfectant sufficient to make 20,000 litres of disinfectant solution. Recipients are hospitals and dormitories. The donation is part of a LANXESS global initiative to donate 1 million liters of disinfectant solution to countries around the world.
“We want to help contain the global spread of the coronavirus. With our disinfectant Rely+OnTM VirkonTM we can effectively contribute to this cause,” Vinod Agnihotri, managing director of LANXESS for ASEAN, said. “Many people, such as hospital employees, are currently risking their own health to save the lives of others. With our donation we also want to help protect them.”
There has been a significant increase in demand in countries all over the world for Rely+OnTM VirkonTM, as many hospitals, health institutions and companies work to limit the spread of the disease in their organizations. “At this critical moment of epidemic control, LANXESS commits to fully use its strengths and make meaningful contributions,” Vinod Agnihotri said.
Rely+OnTM VirkonTM inactivates coronavirus quickly
With regard to the current global Coronavirus situation, independent tests have proven that Rely+OnTM VirkonTM quickly inactivates a closely related surrogate of the currently spreading coronavirus strain. From these tests it can be concluded that Rely+OnTM VirkonTM would also be effective against SARS-CoV-2, which is causing the current COVID-19 epidemic.
The independent test results indicated that Rely+OnTM VirkonTM achieved inactivation of the human coronavirus strain at a 1:100 dilution rate with a 10-minute contact time. This corresponds to test conditions required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and proves the performance and suitability of Rely+OnTM VirkonTM for practical use.
Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is diluted for application and sprayed on hard surfaces and non-medical equipment. In many countries, it can help to reduce the risk of cross contamination from surfaces, door handles, tables and chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, and shopping malls.