[Editor’s Note: This article updates our previous coverage, “Sourcing experts create volunteer supply chain to deliver COVID-19 supplies.” We thank legendary public relations counsel Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon PR for his efforts in bringing the work of RapidWard to a wide audience.]
The not-for-profit, volunteer-led RapidWard (www.rapidward.com) has added COVID-19 rapid test kits to its stock of N95 and surgical masks.
Founded by humanitarian Milton Zhou, the company is composed of volunteers who have helped source and lock in production contracts with the infamously difficult-to-navigate Chinese supply chain and with the most advanced laboratories and factories in the country.
RapidWard is selling all of its inventory at not for profit – while an identical COVID-19 test kit is sold for $600 in the UK or even more in the United States, the RapidWard kits are $12 each, including shipping directly from the lab to anywhere in the world.
Since the company has no need for marketing, there is no need to spend marketing dollars on branding or expensive packaging – the company will make no profit in its tenure.
For now, due to the extreme need of healthcare professionals worldwide, RapidWard is only selling to doctors, hospitals, Health Departments and governments worldwide.
Consumers can register their desire to purchase at a future date on www.rapidward.com. Further, the company is seeking additional volunteers across the globe to help bring relief to all the citizens of the world. Register your intent to help on the Website.
“The time for action is now – the 1,000% markup, grotesque profiteering and artificial shortages that characterize the responses to date should be considered crimes against humanity at this stage in the pandemic,” said Milton Zhou, founder of RapidWard. “We are here to disrupt the status quo in this industry – we make no profit, we are simply here to help humanity in the greatest pandemic crisis since the 1918 flu epidemic.”
Zhou went on to note: “We have spent the last few months getting our supply chains in place – our kits are CE and TUV SUD certified, registered with Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of UK and have already been in use by millions of clinicians in China and they do not require remote lab testing. Our N95 masks and surgical masks meet all specifications and the N95 surgical masks have FDA approval – except ours are $1-$4 each, depending on the grade. We are here for action, not words. The time for words is long-past and people are dying – we are here to help when governments can’t – or won’t.”
Learn more about the COVID-19 rapid tests and N95 Mask product lines at rapidward.com.