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To help support the efforts of hospital workers combatting COVID-19, Uniqlo USA has donated 20,000 units of AIRism innerwear to hospitals in New York.

On May 6th, Uniqlo delivered its AIRism products to Montefiore Health System and NYC Health + Hospitals. The 20,000 units included sleeveless tops for women and short sleeve v-neck shirts for men, to be worn under scrubs or uniforms to keep hospital workers as comfortable as possible as they provide crucial medical care at this critical time. AIRism is an ultra-thin and breathable fabric that wicks moisture, releases heat, and absorbs sweat to prevent overheating. It is designed with anti-microbial and self-deodorizing properties that keep the wearer dry and comfortable all day.

“Uniqlo wishes to take this opportunity to share our heartfelt thanks for all hospital workers and first responders who are on the front lines to combat this crisis,” said Hiroshi Taki, CEO of Uniqlo USA. “New York is our home where we first opened our doors in the U.S., and the most vulnerable region in the U.S. affected by the virus. We are honored to show our appreciation for their tireless and heroic work to keep our community safe, with apparel designed to make their daily life a little more comfortable.”

The AIRism donation follows an announcement at the end of March from Fast Retailing, Uniqlo’s parent company, to distribute 10 million masks to high-priority medical facilities around the world where there is urgent need for protective wear. From this quantity, more than one million masks have been supplied to New York and New Jersey governments.

Fast Retailing and Uniqlo both said they would continue to explore additional ways to provide further support around the world.