Google, Microsoft pledge support in India’s fight against COVID-19

WASHINGTON: Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella have assured help to India as the country grapples with a ravaging coronavirus crisis that has put enormous pressure on its healthcare system.

CEO of Google, Pichai tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google is providing ₹135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”

“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, Google India.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella claims that the company is mobilising its resources to help the Covid-ravaged nation. “I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the U.S. government is mobilising 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 tweeted.

E-commerce giant Amazon too is working with industry partners and NGOs to urgently airlift over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore, to be brought to India.

The medical equipment will be donated to hospitals and public institutions.   Additionally, Amazon India is also procuring over 1,500 oxygen concentrators and other critical medical equipment.

India logged a record of 3,52,991 new coronavirus infections in a day on Monday, taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,73,13,163. The death toll increased to 1,95,123 with a record 2,812 daily new fatalities.