Cemex funds development of PPE for health workers in Houston

The Cemex Foundation has pledged $100,000 to help TX/RX Labs develop personal protective equipment (PPE) for up to 20,000 medical staff and first responders in Houston.

Cemex’s philanthropic arm says the grant will help the non-profit organisation develop face masks, face shields and intubation boxes for police, firefighters and other public servants in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Cemex, TX/RX has so far manufactured and distributed more than 20,000 face masks, close to 29,000 face shields, 40 intubation boxes, 26 qualitative fit testing hoods and more than 1,200 nasopharyngeal test swabs across Houston.

Scott Ducoff, Cemex USA regional president – Texas region, says: “TX/RX Labs adapted quickly to manufacture the PPE needed early in the COVID-19 outbreak and freely shared their designs so others across the country can join in and scale the initiative. They continue to innovate and develop other types of PPE as needs evolve.”

TX/RX founder Roland von Kurnatowski says: “With the Cemex Foundation’s donation, we expect to be able to exponentially increase production to meet the demand we are continuously receiving.”

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