From Google to Amazon Here’s How Brands Are Helping India Fight Against Covid-19

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his counterpart Satya Nadella in Microsoft provided support to India as the country confronts the widespread coronavirus problem, causing a lack of oxygen and medical supplies to exert tremendous pressure on their hospitals.

India has reported 3,52,991 new infections of coronavirus on Monday, taking a total of 1,73,13,163 of its total COVID 19 cases. According to Union Health Ministry statistics, the death rate rose to 1,95,123 and reported 2,812 new deaths daily.

“Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information,” Indian-origin Google CEO Pichai said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Nadella, CEO of Microsoft’s Indian-originated firm, said his resources and technologies will continue to be used as an assist and help to purchase oxygen products.

“I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the US 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,” he said

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have assured India and the people that they will provide every support to help the nation fight the mortal coronaviral epidemic, including the immediate delivery of medical supplies and equipment that will save lives.

Just like India sent support to America when our hospitals were tensioned early on during the pandemic, Biden said in a tweet that we are committed to assist India in its times of need.

Indian-American venture capitalist Vinod Khosla also tweeted: I’m willing to fund hospitals in India that need funding to import bulk planeloads of oxygen or supplies into India to increase supply. Public hospitals/NGO’s also pls reach out.”

India faces a second outbreak of the pandemic, with over 3,00,000 daily new cases of coronavirus recorded in recent days, and many states are experiencing medical oxygen and bed shortages in hospitals.

India has reached many countries to supply the containers and oxygen cylinders operating under the name ‘Oxygen Maitri’ to combat the increasing demand for oxygen in that region.

On Saturday, the Indian Air Force carried four cryogenic oxygen tanks from Singapore. C17 heavy-lift aircraft of the IAF were flying containers from Singapore.

Saudi Arabia ships 80 metric tonnes, of liquid oxygen to India as the country’s supply is poor due to a remarkable increase in coronavirus cases.

“Embassy of India is proud to partner with Adani group and M/s Linde in shipping much-needed 80MT liquid oxygen to India. Our heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all their help, support, and cooperation”, the Indian mission in Riyadh tweeted on Sunday.

President of the European Council Charles Michel said in a tweet, “The EU stands in solidarity with Indian people amidst resurgent COVID19 pandemic. The fight against the virus is a common fight. We will discuss our support and cooperation at EU-India Leaders’ meeting on 8 May with @narendramodi and @antoniocostapm”. French President Emmanuel Macron has also extended support to India.

In a tweet shared by the Indian embassy in France, Macron said, “I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. France is with you in this struggle, which spares no one. We stand ready to provide our support.