Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday expressed their concern over the unprecedented surge in Covid cases in India and assured help to fight it.
Nadella announced that Microsoft would support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices and will continue to use its resources and technology for relief efforts.
Thanking US government for assuring help to India, Nadella, in a tweet said: “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.” The other Indian-American CEO Pichai that internet giant Google would provide a 135 crore Rs funding to UNICEF and the non-profit Give India to help India’s fight against the virus, which has taken 1,95,123 lives in the country.
“Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India.Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia @UNICEF for medical supplies, for supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information,” Pichai tweeted.
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, Sanjay Gupta Country Head & VP, India. said in blog post.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden said that the US would assist India to tackle the COVID situation. “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,” Biden said in a tweet.
Manu US senators, such as Mark Warner John Cornyn, had urged the White House to extend its assistance to India.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 14.5 crore on date,the Union Health Ministry reports.
Pressure is mounting to increase the coverage of vaccines at a much faster pace for which plans are underway for its execution at different levels of the government both at the Centre and States.