distribution of the material began on Tuesday in New York. The giant of the VTC expects tens of millions of masks in other cities and regions of the world.
The distribution has started in New York and is expected to spread across the world. Uber announced Thursday that it had begun this week to deliver the masks to its drivers and that she had ordered tens of millions additional for its conductors and drivers in the world to address the epidemic of coronavirus.
While half of humanity is called to stay home, drivers and deliverers (employees or independent) groups such as Amazon, Instacart, or Uber (and Uber Eats, for orders of takeaway) are in very high demand.
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But many have complained about the lack of protections. In Instacart and Amazon, some have even gone on strike ten days ago in the United States to claim facilities and better financial compensation.
"last week, we started to provide sprays of the disinfectant to certain drivers. And starting this week, we will distribute a million masks to drivers and deliverers in the world," said Gus Fuldner, vice-chairman of the group in charge of security, in a press release online.
Priority for caregivers
He said that the giant of the VTC was waiting for tens of millions of masks in other cities and regions of the world, but that it would take time, the bulk of production going to the health care providers.
"We source outside of the traditional network of health facilities", he said. "For example, one of our main orders had been placed with a company usually specializing in electronics".
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Several large companies are engaged in the manufacturing of masks on a large scale to meet the rapidly increasing demand, especially since the american authorities recommend all the world to cover the face. On Sunday, the CEO of Apple Tim Cook has announced that his group had designed masks for the staff of the hospital, and would soon produce a million a week.
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In addition to the protective equipment to come, Uber is in the process of installing a "centre of resources" in the application of drivers and deliverymen. They will be able to "find the latest information security" as well as "assistance to obtain financial support from their local government to see if they are eligible" and "ideas for sources of additional revenue," writes Gus Fulnder.