Microsoft to aid relief efforts for India's COVID crisis; Google announces Rs 135 crore grant
Google on Monday announced Rs 135 crore ($18 million) to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, for India that is currently going through a devastating COVID wave.
Google on Monday announced Rs 135 crore ($18 million) to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, for India that is currently going through a devastating Covid wave.
The donation includes two grants from Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, totalling Rs 20 crore.
"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," said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and VP, India.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google said that he is devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. He said that Google is providing Rs 135 crore to India and UNICEF for medical supplies and grants to help India.
Meanwhile, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that Microsoft will also do its bit to help India, which is going through one of the worst health crisis in the country. The Microsoft CEO said in a tweet that the company will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices.
Nadella also said that he is grateful to the US government for mobilising efforts to help India get through the Covid-19 crisis. US President Joe Biden today assured India and its people of providing all assistance, including sending necessary medical life-saving supplies and equipments, in order to help India combat the deadly Covid-19 crisis.
“I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful 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 concentration devices," Nadella said in a tweet on Monday.
This comes at a time when India recorded more than 3.5 lakh new Covid-19 cases and registered over 2,800 deaths due to Covid-19. The country is grappling with a crisis that is much larger than what the current health infrastructure is capable of handling.
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