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Warne turns gin business into hand sanitiser factory

Warne turns gin business into hand sanitiser factory
Shane Warne has turned his gin distillery into a hand sanitiser factory to help supply Australians during the coronavirus pandemic.
SevenZeroEight halted production of its gin this week to produce medical grade 70 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser for Western Australian hospitals.
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The decision was made by Warne and the company's founders, which include two WA surgical specialist, the cricket legend said today.
An agreement has been reached to provide a continuous supply to two nominated Western Australia hospitals at cost.  The names of the hospitals was not made public.
Shane Warne with his baggy green cap. (Twitter)
"This is a challenging time for Australians and we all need to do what we can to help our healthcare system combat this disease and save lives," Warne said in a media statement.
"I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same."
The legendary Australian cricketer founded the gin distillery last year. The business was named after the 708 wickets Warne took during his Test career.
It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has left shelves empty in supermarkets and pharmacies across Australia, with one of the most in demand product being hand sanitiser.
Police have even begun patrolling supermarkets in an attempt to quell panic buying fears.
The new measures come after several violent outbreaks at major supermarkets, one of which resulted in two women being charged after a physical brawl in Sydney Woolworths.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a blunt message yesterday in response to the mass panic buying sparked by the coronavirus.
"It is not sensible, it is not helpful and, I've got to say, it has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
"There is no reason for people to be hoarding supplies from fear of a lockdown or anything like this."
Aldi, Coles, IGA and Woolworths said they were doing everything they could to get as much produce on the shelves as possible, often under difficult circumstances.
"We understand your concerns, but if you buy only what you need and stick to the product limits it helps everyone, especially the elderly and people with disability," an ad paid for by the supermarkets said.