3M has led a comprehensive global response to country-specific needs during the pandemic. For example, it partnered with Ford last year to help meet a surge in demand for personal protective equipment.
Now, 3M will combine its learnings with the insights from the Pandemic Action Network — the first organization of its kind to advocate for policy changes and increased support and resources to ensure countries are better prepared to prevent, detect and respond to pandemic threats.
“We’re staying true to our 3M vision to improve every life, as we take steps today to prepare for and help protect against future pandemics,” said Denise Rutherford, senior VP and chief corporate affairs officer, 3M. “No stakeholder or sector can tackle the enormity of this alone. The challenge demands bold collaboration on solutions and innovative approaches with governments, NGOs, academic organizations, and other companies because that’s 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 bring an end to COVID-19 and to 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 mass roll-out of vaccines and the U.S. CDC’s recent guidance on masking, many people are understandably hopeful that the worst is behind us — but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and now is not the time to let our guard down,” said Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO of Panorama Global and co-founder of Pandemic Action Network. “So far in 2021, there have been more cases and deaths reported compared to the whole 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.”
3M recognized the challenge of COVID-19 early on and has increased the production of N95 respirators and other supplies needed to fight the pandemic. Recently, 3M looked back on lessons learned from the pandemic and released a white paper on best practices and policies to prepare for future pandemics. 3M has also partnered with humanitarian aid organizations that are providing critical supplies and assistance throughout the world.
“Through our partnership with 3M, we will mobilize public support and catalyze action until the world has fully crushed this pandemic,” added Fitzgerald.