CEOs of Google and Microsoft have come forward to help India in its fight against the second wave of COVID. Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella, CEOs of Google and Microsoft have today assured to help India in its battle against the raging COVID-19 which has put a dent in its medical infrastructure.
Mr Nadella said that his company is mobilising its resources to support buying oxygen devices and relief efforts.
"I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I'm grateful the U.S. 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," his tweet read.
“Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India,” The Google chief tweeted. Mr Pichai said that his company will provide Rs. 135 crore funding to UNICEF and the non-profit Give India for medical supplies, supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information about the deadly virus.
Stepping away from its policy of ‘America First’, US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have assured India of all assistance, including emergency supplies of life-saving medicines and equipment.
"Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need," Joe Biden said in a tweet.
Biden’s administration is “working round the clock” to immediately send India raw material needed for making Covidshield and other products needed in the fight against the COVID-19 surge overtaking the nation, said National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
The US is also deploying an expert team of public health advisors from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to work with the embassy in Delhi, India's Health Ministry, and India's Epidemic Intelligence Service.