Even as Union Health Minister proclaims that India is better prepared mentally and physically this year to deal with Covid 19, as of April 27, there were 17.3 million active cases in India. And as the second wave in all its intensity in India is set to pullback the global economy from recovery mode, companies and individuals from across the world are coming to help India overcome this unprecedented health crisis.
People via social media platform are extending whatever they can to help in such trying times. So, here are companies that have come of help from multinational brands to Indian corporations:
Sundar Pichai has come up with a relief fund worth Rs. 135 crore. The donation includes two grants from Google.org, which is the philanthropic arm of Google. Also, there is a donation extended by Google current employees that have contributed in total Rs. 3.7 crore for organizations supporting high risk as well as marinalised communities.
Apart from it the Covid features are available on Serach in India, in English and in 8 other languages of India. Also, the company said it is continuing to enhance localisaion and highlight authoritative information. The other vaccination drives are also being supported in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Microsoft CEO said that the company is also mobilizing all possible resource to help the Covid devastated nation. Also, in a break from the usual 'America First' policy that US administration is working relentlessly to supply India with raw material such as Covishield etc. in its fight against the Covid 19 surge. The country shall also provide anti-Covid supplies such as test kits, medications, ventilators and personal protective gear for frontline workers.
Also, the US is deploying its team of public health advisors from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to work with embassy in Delhi and India's Epidemic Intelligence Service.
US-based web place has also come forward and donated as many as 10000 oxygen concentrators and and BiPAP machines to hospitals and public institutions for increasing their capacity to help Covid 19 patients. The company has partnered with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for COVID-19 Response (PPCR) for urgently airlifting over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore.
The company's CEO Tim Cook tweeted that the company would extend donation to aid relief work without sharing any further details.
The social media company in collaboration with UNICEF is enabling people understand as to when they should visit a hospital for medical aid in the event of Covid 19. The company has given $10 million to emergency response efforts.
Xiaomi and OnePlus: These international brands gave also extended their support in providing relief amid the raging pandemic with the former pledging contribution for relief operation. Vivo also announced donation worth Rs. 2 crore for aiding Covid 19 relief work and also for getting oxygen concentrators.
The company's Oxygen facility in Hisar was continuously providing Oxygen in and around Hisar hospitals. In view of the pandemic, the oxygen plant at Hisar facility of Jindal Stainless is running up to a capacity of 150 percent. The plant has increased its oxygen production capacity to 7.5 -8 MT per day from 6 MT per day, said the company's MD Abhyuday Jindal.
The company is supplying 1,000 tonne of oxygen per day and plans to ramp it up. Seshagiri Rao M.V.S., chairman, CII Task Force on Oxygen Supply Chain and joint managing director and group CFO, JSW Steel Ltd, said the task force has asked the government to use direct vessels for importing liquid oxygen and remove other logistical bottlenecks.
The airline company has helped government establishment that need air logistics assistance. The airline has also offered to fly healthcare workers from government organisations, free of cost, across its domestic network.
The company engaged in importing 24 cryogenic containers for transporting liquid Oxygen. Also its subsidiaries including Tata Steel are providing 200-300 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen daily to various State governments and hospitals.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is also supplying 700 tonne liquid medical oxygen to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Daman, Diu & Nagar Haveli. The company plans to scale this up to 1,000 tonne.
The company has extended to contribute Rs. 50 crore for vaccinating more than 5 lakh Indian nationals in association with government and local authorities of India.This contribution towards vaccines will be on top of P&G's earmarked CSR funds for the current year, it said. Also, it would continue to extend its support via the donation of products, in-house manufactured masks, and sanitizers to frontline and essential workforce.
"In the current situation and going forward, vaccines play a critical role in containing the spread of the virus," Madhusudan Gopalan, CEO, P&G Indian Subcontinent said, without disclosing the states where it plans to offer free vaccines.
The company also pledged to donate an amount of Rs. 100 crore for for the families of deceased doctors, police officers, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers.
Bajaj Group has come forward to render its help in the current times with the commitment of Rs. 200 crore as donation for Covid 19 relief steps.