The generous contributions to Project Shield from you, our readers, have provided vital protection for the frontline medical workers handling the Sars outbreak. The South China Morning Post has been overwhelmed by the response to Project Shield. With more than $15 million already in hand to bring in much-needed supplies of protective equipment, we will suspend the public fundraising effort from 6.30pm today. We will monitor the course of the disease and stand ready to reactivate the campaign if necessary. Those companies and organisations with collections under way or planned should continue with those efforts and keep in contact with the SCMP's marketing department so their contributions can be added to the fund for on-going purchases. Project Shield aimed to raise a significant sum to help protect Hong Kong's medical workers. But it was also our intention from the start to provide the opportunity for the public to contribute to fight against Sars and to show its support for the workers. Several very large orders have been placed and supplies worldwide of many items are running short. We are assured by manufacturers that their factories are working round the clock to fulfil demand in Hong Kong, which is nevertheless dwarfed by requirements across the rest of China. So far, $8.2 million worth of supplies have been purchased by Project Shield, enabling the Hospital Authority to release whatever protective products are being requested by medical workers in the 14 hospitals treating Sars patients. Based on a priority list drawn up by the Hospital Authority, further orders for equipment as diverse as disposable gowns, digital thermometers and goggles will be made in the coming days. There are still 707 patients with atypical pneumonia being treated in hospitals - 77 of them in intensive care - and the risk to health workers will not subside until the last patient is discharged. Of those still in Sars wards, 133 are health workers, while 233 of their colleagues have recovered and been discharged. The rate of new infections has dropped to single digits, with only eight being confirmed yesterday, and far fewer health workers are falling ill themselves. But the danger of a further outbreak is real while so many new cases are being reported on the mainland and in Taiwan. Unless and until Guangdong is given a clean bill of health, Hong Kong must remain vigilant. The millions of masks, hundreds of respirators and 100,000 DuPont Barrierman protective suits already flowing to the medical workers from Project Shield are an expression of the community's appreciation for the risks that medical workers are prepared to take for our wellbeing. More than 10,000 individuals, organisations and companies rallied to the cause in the past 10 days. Project Shield on Tuesday last week was accepted by the Inland Revenue Department for donations to be tax deductible from April 25. We will be providing receipts as quickly as possible, but as many donors did not provide contact information initially, this will take some time. Address information for receipts can be lodged with email@example.com . The South China Morning Post has been grateful for the opportunity to help in this cause. The management and staff of the newspaper are aware of the obligations they have accepted and will do everything possible to meet the expectations of a very generous and appreciative community. We will continue to provide a full accounting of the money received, acknowledge the donors wherever possible and ensure that the equipment purchased is delivered in good time to those who need it. Please bear with us as we get on with this task.