Nestle is looking for ways to help pay for COVID-19 vaccines and projects to inoculate populations where the world’s largest food company operates.
According to Chief Executive Mark Schneider, the Swiss group has already donated extensively to the Red Cross and other organizations to help cover the financial cost of vaccination programs.
“We will also try to find ways to either sponsor the payment for the vaccine or sponsor the way it gets applied in communities where we are present,” Schneider added.
The specific details of how Nestle would help still needed to be worked out, describing the project as a “work in progress”, Schneider said.
The maker of KitKat chocolate bars and Nescafe instant coffee is also looking at stepping up protections for its own staff, after introducing rigid testing at its sites and making mask-wearing mandatory.
The Swiss company would look at immunizing its own workers against the new coronavirus as soon as possible. Nestle employs around 290,000 people around the world.
“As soon as it is possible, and in full compliance with all federal and cantonal laws, if there is a way to make a service like this available to our people on-site, we would be the first ones to try and do it.”