- Apple has announced that it will help its employees get voluntary Covid 19 vaccinations at its offices.
- Facebook and Amazon have also taken initiatives to give onsite vaccinations to users.
- Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft have extended Covid assistance for India as cases surge in the country.
Apple has announced that it will help its employees get voluntary Covid 19 vaccinations at its offices. The tech giant is working with drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance as its vendor and will open a website for its workers to sign up for appointments, an Apple spokeswoman told Reuters. Apple is one of the first large Silicon Valley companies to launch a program to help workers get vaccinated.
Earlier this month, Facebook said that it is converting a part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination site, joining the government effort to speed up the vaccination drive in the United States.
Last month, Amazon started onsite vaccinations for front-line employees starting with Missouri, Nevada, and Kansas in the US. Amazon committed up to $80 to front-line workers with no access to the on-site clinics, to provide employees incentives to get COVID-19 vaccines. Amazon has also announced that Alexa will help customers access information regarding Covid 19 vaccines and where to get them. The new function will enable users to make a call on the vaccination sites to check for availability and find nearby vaccination centres. If users prompt the voice assistant by saying, "Alexa, call the first one," it will connect users to a vaccine location directly and get more knowledge about appointment availability. However, the feature is only available in the US as of now and the company might extend it to other countries soon.
Meanwhile, Google has announced Rs 135 crore in new funding for India including two grants from Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the tech giant. The total amount from these grants is Rs 20 crore. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, in a tweet wrote, "Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India." India recorded over three lakh cases on Monday, for the fifth day in a row, taking the country's caseload to 1.73 crores and 1.95 lakh deaths.
Microsoft has also extended help noting that the company will support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices in addition to continuing support through aid relief efforts, technology, and other resources. "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," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tweeted.