The COVID-19 outbreak brought Chinese society, especially cities such as Wuhan, to a standstill but not the science and technology. As Wu Yabin, chief representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Beijing, explained, “Every sector and industry in China is doing its bit in the fight against the pandemic, including many high-tech companies, which not only donate money and materials but also take advantage of their strengths to make contributions. Many new technologies and products debuted during the epidemic, helping healthcare workers fighting on the frontline, as well as enabling socio-economic life to return to normality.”
One such company is Beijing Infinite Protection Company which is dedicated to the research and development of new disinfection technology. The company’s long-lasting and non-toxic disinfection products use a physical-static method to disinfect, which is safe for both humans and the environment. The disinfection and sterilization effect of each spray can last over 30 days, making it safer and more effective than traditional disinfection techniques, which cause skin irritation and need to be performed frequently. It is also far less damaging to the environment and takes less time and effort to apply.
ITPO Beijing introduced and recommended the company to the relevant government departments in Wuhan, and thanks to UNIDO’s collaborative network, the company was able to agree exemption from certain restrictions on logistics and personnel travel. Song Jian, the chief executive officer of Beijing Infinite Protection Company, led a team to Wuhan, arriving on 22 February. He provided the company’s existing stock of high-tech disinfection products as a donation and deployed staff to disinfect all key areas with public health concerns, including hospitals – among them the Wuhan Union Hospital and field-module hospitals – medical centres, police stations, prisons and frontline checkpoints.