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Vivo India announces Rs 2 crore to help with oxygen shortage in country

Vivo has announced that it will donate Rs 2 crore to address the oxygen shortage in the country to aid COVID19 relief efforts and to help acquire Oxygen concentrators.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | April 27, 2021 | Updated 13:01 IST

Highlights

  • Vivo India will donate Rs 2 crore to address the oxygen shortage in the country.
  • Xiaomi has also dedicated Rs 3 crore to buy 1000 oxygen concentrators in worst-hit states.
  • Tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft have also extended help and have dedicated funds for relief measures in India.

Tech companies and smartphone brands are coming forth to provide aid for covid resources as India witnesses a surge in covid cases. India recorded over three lakh cases on Monday, for the fifth day in a row, while deaths crossed the 2000 mark for the seventh consecutive day. Vivo India on Tuesday announced that it will donate Rs 2 crore to address the oxygen shortage in the country to aid COVID19 relief efforts and to help acquire Oxygen concentrators. Last year, Vivo had donated over 9 lakh masks, 15,000 PPE suits and 50,000 liters of sanitizer to the state and central government agencies. The smartphone brand notes that it wants to do its bit in the fight against the novel coronavirus as the country navigates through unprecedented times caused by COVID-19.

Nipun Marya, Director, Brand Strategy, Vivo India, said, "We are all in this together, and we must fight as a unit to defeat COVID-19. vivo is committed to providing support to the communities in these testing times. This small contribution will help save many lives. We must show tremendous resolve in responding to these unprecedented times."

The development comes after smartphone company Xiaomi came forth to dedicate money to covid relief measures in India. Xiaomi announced that it would donate Rs 3 crore to buy 1000 oxygen concentrators to states that have been worst hit by the pandemic which include Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka and a few other states. Last year Xiaomi donated Rs 15 crores and distributed masks all over the country. Xiaomi is also partnering with Give India to raise Rs 1 crore to support frontline COVID warriors. The donation page is on mi.com for all fans, partners, and consumers to donate.

Tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft have also extended help and have dedicated funds for relief measures in India. Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged aid to India. Cook in a tweet 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."

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. Microsoft 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.


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