Google to provide funds for COVID-19 vaccinations
Amidst the rising cases of COVID-19, Google announced that it will extend its support by providing funds for 250,000 for COVID-19 vaccinations to countries with low and middle incomes. It will also provide technical assistance to Gavi to accelerate the distribution process.
Google.org is also providing Gavi with pro bono technical assistance to accelerate the global distribution. We’re also kicking off an employee giving campaign and both the Gavi Matching Fund and Google.org will match each donation to the triple impact, the company said in a blog post.
Gavi will also be provided with an Ad grant of $15 million to amplify their fundraising campaign.
The company also mentioned that it will be providing an additional Ad grant of $250 million to help fund pop-up vaccine sites in the US in order to connect people to accurate information.
In a blog post Google mentioned that they are making it easier to learn why, when and where one can get immunized and today one can find vaccination locations on Google Maps and search in the U.S, Canada, France, Chile, India and Singapore.
For people with limited internet access Google Cloud is launching an expanded virtual agent with the help of which people will be able to schedule vaccine appointments and ask common questions via a virtual agent in up to 28 languages and dialects, via chat, text, web, mobile or over the phone.
To expand this work, we’re committing an additional $250 million in Ad Grants to governments, community and public health organizations, including the WHO that will fund more than 2.5 billion vaccine-related PSAs. This brings our total commitment for COVID-related public service announcements to more than $800 million. As we’ve learned throughout the pandemic, no one is safe from COVID-19 until everyone is safe. Getting vaccines to everyone around the world is a challenging, but necessary, undertaking. We’ll keep doing our part and working together until we get there. Google said.
India recorded over 2.34 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 and 1,341 deaths in the last 24 hours.
As per WHO as of 16th April 2021 138,688,383 cases of COVID-19 were recorded globally including 2,978,935 deaths.