Any help is welcome in this tense moment and Ambev announced that it will produce oxygen to help hospitals that are collapsing in this second wave of the pandemic and, thus, avoid the shortage that occurred at the beginning of the year in Manaus.
The holding company - which owns the brands Antarctica, Brahma and Boemia, among others - is converting part of one of its breweries, in the interior of São Paulo, to manufacture and fill hospital oxygen.
The factory that is being adapted is located in the city of Ribeirão Preto and is originally intended for the production of Colorado, another of the company's beer brands.
"The plant will have the capacity to produce 120 cylinders of 10 cubic meters per day and will be operated by Ambev teams, who will work in shifts to guarantee production 24 hours a day", said in a note the owner of Skol and Brahma.
All production will be donated to hospitals and health units in the state of São Paulo, the occupancy of ICU beds has already exceeded 90%
"Equipment is already being purchased and the expectation is that production will start in early April," informed Ambev.
The aid meets a request the government of São Paulo.
The vice-governor of São Paulo, Rodrigo Garcia said that, when the ICU occupation is at its limit, different companies guaranteed the supply of oxygen to hospitals in São Paulo.
“Ambev offered to create, within 10 days, an oxygen plant in Ribeirão Preto and donate the production in full, which will be enough for 120 cylinders per day,” said Garcia, at a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, headquarters of the government of São Paulo.
More help also arrives for the distribution of the oxygen cylinders.
"Copagaz will use its fleet, which today distributes gas cylinders, for oxygen transport and logistics".
Rodrigo Garcia guaranteed that the aid will be sent to public hospitals in the state, the municipalities and the network of philanthropic entities, such as Santas Casas.