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Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges aid to India amid Covid-19 surge

"Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground," said CEO Tim Cook.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged aid to India as the Covid-19 crisis is deepening by the day. Cook said Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground. This comes soon after Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced their plans to support India and various Indian organisations in the fight against the outbreak. India has emerged as the hotspot of Covid-19 globally, reporting over 3.5 lakh cases daily amid an acute shortage of medical supplies.

In a tweet, Cook said, "Amid a devastating rise of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and everyone there who is fighting through this awful stage of the pandemic. Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground."

It is not immediately clear how this donation will come about. Whether Apple will directly contact nonprofits and make a donation to them or if it will talk to the government to provide aid, is not something Apple has clarified at the moment. Unlike Apple, Microsoft and Google were a little less ambiguous in stating what they are doing to help India in these tough times. While Microsoft said it will help India with the purchase of oxygen concentrators among other resources and technologies, Google has pledged Rs 135 crore in funding, including the grants made to GiveIndia and UNICEF for their relentless efforts towards the affected public.

Not just the tech companies, other nations have come forward to lend a helping hand to India. Among these countries are the US, the UK, Germany, France, Pakistan, who are providing significant support to India and the people here.

Apple is also among many companies that are encouraging their employees to get vaccinated. The iPhone maker has partnered with drugstore chain Walgreens Boots as a vendor. As a part of this partnership, Apple will open a website to allow its employees to sign up for vaccination appointments. With this drive, Apple will emerge as one of the biggest tech companies to be running a vaccination drive for its employees. The iPhone maker has also committed donations to the global Covid-19 response, totalling an amount of $15 million worldwide. This donation is aimed at helping "treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic."

"There is no mistaking the challenge of this moment. The entire Apple family is indebted to the heroic first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and public servants globally who have given every ounce of their spirit to help the world meet this moment. We do not yet know with certainty when the greatest risk will be behind us," Cook wrote in a statement previously.