TTL to sell alcohol sanitizer at convenience stores

The sanitizer, sold in 300ml bottles, will be available at nearly 20,000 convenience stores from four major chains. (CNA)
The sanitizer, sold in 300ml bottles, will be available at nearly 20,000 convenience stores from four major chains. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A second state utility announced Friday that it will start selling 75 percent alcohol hand sanitizer at convenience stores from Feb. 24, as part of government efforts to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The sanitizer, sold in 300ml bottles, will be available at nearly 20,000 convenience stores from four major chains, according to Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp. (TTL).

The move expands the number of sales outlets from the TTL-run stores and 6,000 National Health Insurance-designated pharmacies that already sell the product.

Amid burgeoning demand from the public due to the threat posed by COVID-19, five TTL plants have prioritized producing 75 percent alcohol hand sanitizer, rolling out 200,000 bottles per day, with each customer limited to one NT$40 (US$1.32) bottle per purchase, the company said.

According to TTL, 100ml and 60ml portable bottles will be marketed in mid-March to assuage public demand for 75 percent alcohol hand sanitizer arising from widespread concern over the COVID-19 outbreak since it was first detected in December in Wuhuan, the capital city of China’s Hubei Province.

On Feb. 19, Taiwan Sugar Corp., another state-run company that produces alcohol, began selling alcohol-based sanitizer at FamilyMart convenience stores across Taiwan.

Minors aged under 18 are barred from buying the alcohol product by law, the utility said.