As the second wave of Covid hit India, there is an unprecedented surge in cases, and healthcare systems and supplies are falling short of providing adequate assistance to people. There has been a shortage of oxygen for patients in many states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra and Delhi, forcing the government to import oxygen and shift industrial production for medical purposes. Tech companies are coming forward to offer their help to the people of India. In these testing times, major corporate companies are offering helping hands to people. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others have already declared assistance in the battle against Covid-19.
- Google will be providing Rs.135 crores for medical supplies and to help communities.
- Amazon has partnered with various organizations to bring in 10000 oxygen concentrators from Singapore.
- Microsoft extends support to aid relief efforts and the purchase of oxygen concentration devices.
CEO of Google and Alphabet, Sunder Pichai, tweeted that Google will be providing funding of Rs. One hundred thirty-five crores for medical supplies and other help to communities. His tweet had a link to a blog where Google detailed ways to help in their efforts to fight the worsening situation.
This funding includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling Rs. 20 crores. The first grant is to GiveIndia to give cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second grant will go to UNICEF to get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India.
E-commerce central Amazon has joined hands with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for COVID-19 Response (PPCR), and other partners to urgently airlift over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines from Singapore.
Hospitals and public institutions will use this medical equipment to augment their capacity to cure and help infected persons.
Amazon will bear the cost of airlifting this medical equipment’s from Singapore to India.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that he is heartbroken to see the current situation due to the second wave of Covid-19 and has pledged support to aid relief efforts and purchase critical oxygen concentration devices.
He said that he is grateful that the US 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 concentrators.
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