Beyond Covid: Why unprecedented oxygen agreements are such a breakthrough


With the news in June that Air Liquide and Linde have entered into unprecedented agreements to provide increased access to medical oxygen in low and middle-income countries, a major milestone is achieved both in the fight against Covid-19 (coronavirus) and in the gases industry.

The agreements came after months intense engagement with the world’s major oxygen suppliers by the Covid-19 Oxygen Emergency Taskforce. A breakthrough in the provision of medical oxygen to low and middle-income countries (LMICs), it isa development of key significance lauded by the international community and yet still with only two signatories from the industry’s major players in oxygen production and supply.

Here on the eve of the upcoming Medical Issue of gasworld magazine, we explore why it’s considered such a breakthrough and perhaps therefore, why a wider collaborative effort could be so important – not just through what we hope is the tail-end of this pandemic, but in a world beyond Covid-19.

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