135 Cr RELIEF FUND FOR INDIA’S COVID 19 FIGHT
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announces 135 cr relief fund for India’s covid 19 fight. Google India reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike registered since the onset of the pandemic.
CEO of Google and Alphabet, Pichai tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing ₹135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”
His tweet also had a link to a blog where Google detailed ways to help in their efforts to fight the worsening situation.
On the blog, Sanjay Gupta, country head and VP, Google India wrote, “Today we’re announcing ₹135 crore (USD 18 million) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totaling ₹20 crores (USD 2.6 million). The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India.
The statement further said, “It also includes donations from our ongoing employee giving campaign — so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed Rs 3.7 Crore ($500,000 USD) for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities. ”
This funding also includes increased Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns. Since last year, we’ve helped MyGov and the World Health Organization reach audiences with messages focused on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines. We’re increasing our support today with an additional 112 Crore INR ($15 million) in Ad Grants to local health authorities and nonprofits for more language coverage options.
“I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the U.S. government is mobilizing to help. “Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices,” Satya Nadella tweeted.
Nadela and Pichai’s tweets came within hours of the United States saying it would “immediately” make available sources of raw materials required to expand production of Covishield vaccine as India continues to fight a daily surge of over 300,000 cases.
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have assured India of all assistance, including urgently sending necessary medical life-saving supplies and equipment.
“Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Joe Biden said in a tweet.
The United Kingdom too said it was sending life-saving medical equipment to India – including ventilators and oxygen concentrators – as India sees more new cases than any other country by far, almost half of all new cases in a global surge.
This comes a week after Washington indicated that it would not be lifting the ban on exporting crucial raw materials for producing vaccines, in a massive setback for Delhi.
Meanwhile, the situation in India is very critical, as India now has approx 2.8 million active cases even as people struggle to get beds, oxygen supply, and ventilators in private as well as government healthcare facilities.
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