Google and Microsoft offer resources and millions in donations to help see India through its COVID-19 crisis

  • As India’s COVID-19 crisis rages on, US tech giants are pledging their support for the country.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the tech giant will give $18 million in new funding to India.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft would use its resources to help India through the crisis.
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On Monday morning, India reported 352,991 new COVID-19 infections, crossing the 300,000 single-day spike mark for the sixth consecutive day.

As India battles a major healthcare crisis, the country is receiving help from all around the globe.

A number of tech leaders and billionaires have joined the list of those attempting to help India — Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the tech giant will be giving $18 million (₹135 crores) in new funding for India.

Google also announced a variety of measures to help increase awareness, information on vaccines, testing, and more.

“We know the biggest way we can help is through our core information products like Search and Maps, YouTube, and Ads. Our COVID features on Search are available in India in English and eight Indian languages, and we continue to improve localization and highlight authoritative information. That includes information on where to get testing and vaccines; so far, Maps and Search surface thousands of vaccine sites, and we are working to add tens of thousands more,” the company said in a blog.

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella also took to Twitter to say Microsoft would use its resources and technology to support India during the crisis.

Another Indian-American tech leader and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla, announced a fund for hospitals in India to build up their supply of oxygen containers and concentrators among other essential supplies.

The US opened up the supply of raw materials for the production of COVID-19 vaccines to India on Sunday night.

Balaji Srinivasan, a Silicon Valley investor, has also announced a donation of up to $100,000 for COVID-19 relief in India, according to Coindesk.

They were also joined in pledging donations to India by the likes of Adam Nash, co-founder of Silverback Ventures, and co-founder of cryptocurrency asset Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin.

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