To assist healthcare systems coping with increasing demands by government or non-profit organizations presented by the escalation of COVID-19 around the world, Astellas authorized a maximum of four weeks of paid leave (in accordance with each country’s provision) to full-time employees who are medically qualified or individuals seeking to contribute by participating in volunteer activities within their community.
Astellas coordinated opportunities to donate equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and blood in alignment with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
Astellas was among the first contributors to the iBIO COVID-19 PPE Relief Fund, for which funds were quickly used to procure PPE for front-line medical and first-responder professionals who put their lives at risk.
We also sponsored the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, coordinated by Governor Pritzker. The fund supports residents affected by COVID-19 in need of critical services, such as food, shelter, primary healthcare services, childcare support and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.
Astellas has provided support to humanitarian organizations that support solutions to help prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19, including corporate donations to Americares, the American Red Cross and Direct Relief.
We activated an employee donation portal supporting the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts, which has resulted in a total of $14,500 in employee donations with Astellas matching donations.
Astellas employees donated 35,000+ items in two separate virtual collection drives for community organizations responding to COVID-19 and racial injustice with Astellas matching employee donations. These efforts have benefitted 11 organizations to date, including Cradles to Crayons, National Urban League and several national and local food banks to help further their important work.
An additional $2.7 million in funding from Astellas and the Astellas Global Health Foundation has been donated to aid non-profit community and humanitarian organizations in response to COVID-19.
Astellas committed $150,000 in solidarity funding to support non-profit community organizations working in underserved, minority communities in Illinois and across the U.S. This includes donations to non-profit organizations, such as select Urban League affiliates, Breakthrough and Embarc to help further their important work.
Astellas also has advocated for legislation to help improve patient access to care and medication. We have weighed in on provisions of stimulus bills focused on helping patients gain and maintain access to needed care, such as 90-day prescription refills within Medicare policies and home infusion for patients that would normally receive care in a provider’s office to safeguard patients’ health and well-being.
*The above is not a complete list of Astellas’ global support efforts to fight COVID-19.
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