New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking aim at price gouging on e-commerce services like Amazon by threatening to introducing the state’s self-branded hand sanitizer.
During a press conference on Monday morning, Cuomo announced the new product, called “NYS Clean.” It comes a few days after he declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus. There are now 142 cases of the virus in New York, Cuomo announced.
“You can’t get [hand sanitizer] on the market and when you can, it’s very expensive,” said Cuomo. He gestured for people to open a set of blue curtains to reveal the product, which has a dark green label with a simple “NYS Clean” logo.
Cuomo positioned the product as “superior” to others on the market, specifically naming Purell. He noted that the World Health Organization and the CDC suggests using a hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol content, and pointed out that Purell, which he called a “competitor to NYS Clean,” has 70 percent alcohol, while NYS Clean has 75 percent.
“It comes in a variety of sizes and has a very nice floral bouquet,” said Cuomo as he rubbed it on his hands and brought them to his nose. “I detect lilac, hydrangea, tulips.”