Google opens space for COVID-19 vaccination in the US, as per the Indian-American CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai’s announcement on Monday. Also, he promised a sum of $150 million towards the vaccination education.
To help get vaccines to more people, Google is providing $150M to promote vaccine education & equitable access, and opening up our spaces for vaccination sites as needed. On Search & Maps, we’re making it easy to find when + where to get a vaccine. https://t.co/Iep0n0Dv47— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 25, 2021
Initially, the tech giant has decided to open the spaces in US only but they intend to extend to other countries as well.
In an official blogpost, Sundar Pichai mentioned,”To help with vaccination efforts, starting in the United States, we’ll make select Google facilities—such as buildings, parking lots and open spaces—available as needed. These sites will be open to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines. We’ll start by partnering with health care provider One Medical and public health authorities to open sites in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in California; Kirkland, Washington; and New York City, with plans to expand nationally. We’re working with local officials to determine when sites can open based on local vaccine availability.”
What else is Google doing for vaccination ?
Google Cloud is helping healthcare organizations, retail pharmacies, logistics companies, and public sector institutions make use of innovative technologies to speed up delivery of vaccines.
“To help find accurate and timely information on vaccines, we’ve expanded our information panels on Search to more than 40 countries and dozens of languages, with more rolling out in the coming week.” they added.
Searches for “vaccines near me” have increased 5x since the beginning of the year.
Google.org has committed USD 5 million in grants to organisations addressing racial and geographic disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations, including Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the CDC Foundation.
Google opens space for COVID-19 vaccination
Google will make select facilities such as buildings, parking lots and open spaces available to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines. Google is working with local officials to determine when sites can open based on vaccine availability.
Google joins a growing list of tech giants offering up their largely unused real estate for help with vaccine distribution, as the majority of their employees continue to work from home.
Amazon last week offered up its facilities, while asking for vaccines for workers at the company’s fulfillment centers, data centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, which Amazon owns.
Microsoft also said it will open up its campus in Redmond, Washington, for vaccinations.
Closing the blog, Pichai mentioned,”The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected every community all over the world. It’s also inspired coordination between public and private sectors, and across international borders, on a remarkable scale. We can’t slow down now. Getting vaccines to billions of people won’t be easy, but it’s one of the most important problems we’ll solve in our lifetimes. Google will continue to support in whatever way we can.”