The increase in the Covid-19 cases has led to a lot of tech companies and big corporates helping India during the crisis. The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit India really hard with the daily cases rising and the deaths in the country increasing.
The citizens of the country are finding it hard to access the basic medical requirements. This is when a lot of companies have come forward to help India. Let’s look at the latest donations from big companies for India in order to fight the Covid-19.
Pfizer which is an American based pharmaceutical company has announced that it will send medicines for the treatment of Covid-19 to India. The company announced that it would send medicines worth USD 70 million (around INR 510 crores) to India from its distribution centres.
Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer said in an email that to the employees of India that the company is deeply concerned about the critical condition faced by India due to Covid-19.
The chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra has launched a project in Maharashtra called as Oxygen on Wheels. This project will focus on the easy transportation of oxygen from production plants to hospitals and homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Anand Mahindra had posted a tweet that conveyed that in the current situation oxygen is the key to reduce mortality and the problem is not the production of oxygen but the transportation and he added that the company is trying to bridge the gap between that.
Sony Group had also recently announced that the company will provide a donation of around USD 1 million (around INR 7.4 crore) in order to help India amid the Covid-19 crisis. The company said that it would procure PCR testing machines and oxygen for medical purposes by donating the amount to UNICEF and other organizations.
Qualcomm which is a chipmaker had recently announced that it would provide a donation of around USD 4 million (around INR 30 crores) to India amid the surge of Covid-19. The company said that one of the key strains faced by the company is the shortage of medical supplies and lifesaving equipment.
The company said that they have been thriving hard and actively working towards finding ways to provide relief to the Indian community through philanthropic activities.
SpiceJet has announced that the cargo arm of the company SpiceXpress has airlifted more than 4,400 oxygen concentrators from different countries such as Hong Kong, USA, Singapore and China in the last two weeks.
The company added that they have transported around 34 million doses of vaccines for Covid-19 to India between January 12 and April 12 and also around 700 concentrators from China to New Delhi.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet announced that the company will be donating an amount of INR 135 crores to India in order to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The company will provide funding for two grants.
The first grant will be given to GiveIndia in order to provide cash assistance to the families that have been affected due to the Covid-19 crisis. The grant amount is expected to be around INR 20 crore.
The second grant will be given to UNICEF in order to provide oxygen and the required medical supplies and testing equipment.
Xiaomi which is one of the leading smartphone companies in India had announced that it would provide an amount of around INR 3 crore to India. The amount will be for procuring 1000+ oxygen concentrators.
The CEO of the company conveyed that these oxygen concentrators will be supplied to the hospitals and the state governments according to the requirement. The company also announced that it is working together with GiveIndia to help the frontline workers of the country by raising a capital of INR 1 crore.
The CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadela had announced that the company will help India in purchasing critical oxygen concentrators and also added that the company will use its resources, voice and technology to help India fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amazon India has been collaborating with different organizations in order to urgently lift oxygen concentrators of around 8,000 and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. The company conveyed that it would take care of the cost for lifting the concentrators and BiPAP machines through Air India and other national carriers.
The CEO of Paytm Vijay Shekhar Sharma had announced on Sunday that the Paytm foundation will raise an amount of INR 2 crore through donations for oxygen concentrators. Paytm also added that they would add the same amount of money towards the donation from the company.
Ford Motors which is an American based automobile major has announced that the company will donate surgical masks of around 50 lakhs in number, 1 lakh N95 masks and 50,000 gowns in order to fight against the Covid-19 second wave in India.
The company said that Ford Fund will also donate around USD 200,000 (around INR 1.5 crore) to support various organizations that are providing Covid-19 relief in Brazil and India.
One Plus one of the premium mobile phone brands in India has said that it would donate around 400 oxygenators in order to help the Indians to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The One Plus Global community has also expressed their interest in making contributions for the country.
The company has also tied up with GiveIndia in order to raise funds for the frontline workers in India.
What is the current Covid situation in India?
India is in the midst of second wave of COVID-19 and is recording over 300,000 daily coronavirus infections.
Who issued the official name of COVID-19?
The official names COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 were issued by the WHO on 11 February 2020.
Which Covid vaccine is used in India?
Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin are being used for the vaccination programme.
The second wave has been increasing and the situation of the country is worsening as days pass. The governments and different organizations are working together in fighting the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are also many individual volunteers and foundations providing support to fight the country against the deadly virus.