Czech companies were able to temporarily produce disinfectants produced according to a formula from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The government thus operationally responded to the shortage of such products on the market. The temporary production of hand disinfectant called Anti-COVID. Production ended on 30 April 2020.
The produced Anti-COVID disinfectant can be sold until 15 August 2020. Based on a government resolution (translation below) and in cooperation with other ministries, the Ministry of Industry and Trade responded to the shortage of disinfectant agents on the market, when it was necessary to rapidly ensure the necessary production and supply. Thirty-three Czech companies thus produced more than nine million litres of Anti-COVID hand disinfectant in approximately six weeks on the basis of an extraordinary permit from the Ministry of Health and a decision of the Ministry of Agriculture on permitting special denaturation of alcohol. This involved a controlled regimen so that production and distribution would be rapid and safe and the disinfectant would be effective.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade thoroughly monitored and kept records of production and the structure and number of deliveries to the market throughout the period of temporary production, which was terminated based on a decision of the Ministry of Health on 30 April 2020, with the possibility of selling the produced disinfectant until 15 May 2020. Following an evaluation of received suggestions and other related information, that period was extended to 15 August 2020 upon an agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The decisions are available for download below.
More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.