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Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant that powers its Echo devices, has now been updated with the latest COVID-19 related features for Indian users. Alexa will now help users locate COVID-19 testing and vaccination centers, as well as the availability of vaccinations, among other details. Amazon says the information has been sourced from authentic sources, including the Cowin portal, the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as well as MapmyIndia. Users will also be provided with the option to donate for COVID-19 welfare in India using Alexa commands. The feature related to COVID-19 was rolled out in the US in April.

Amazon says Alexa can now locate the nearest COVID-19 test center

With the help of New Delhi-based MapmyIndia, Amazon says Alexa can now locate the nearest COVID-19 test center and also tell the user’s distance from it. Users “Alexa where can I get a COVID-19 test?” (“Alexa where can I get a COVID-19 test?”) by asking questions. Amazon explained that Alexa recognizes a user’s location from their device registration and provides a list of vaccination centers near them. Users can use this information at the time of their visit to the Cowin portal to book appointments.

Alexa to find vaccination centers for anyone.

By entering a pin code and age in the Vaccine Info Alexa skill, users can employ Alexa to find vaccination centers for anyone. This feature can be useful if users want to check vaccine availability for their friends or family in a different geographic location. If the vaccine is not available at the time of the test, a reminder can also be set to check its availability at a later time.

Clear up doubts related to COVID-19 vaccination

In addition, Alexa can also be asked to provide updates on vaccine completion rates in India as well as clear up doubts related to COVID-19 vaccination, such as the safety of the vaccine, the registration process, and how each state of COVID-19 helpline number.

Alexa will also give users the option to donate for COVID-19 welfare in India. Amazon has partnered with Indian NGOs like Akshaya Patra, Give India, and Goong.

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