Google and Microsoft to support India as Covid crisis worsens

Google and Microsoft have both pledged financial support to India as it struggles with record coronavirus case numbers.

Google today announced it would contribute $18 million in funding. This includes two grants from Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, totally $2.6 million.

The first is to GiveIndia, which will provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses.

The second part will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India.

But the bulk of the funding, around $15 million, will go towards increased Ad Grant support for public health campaigns.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said he was “devastated” to see the worsening covid crisis in India.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by the ongoing situation in India.

“I’m grateful the U.S. government is mobilizing to help,” he said in a tweet. “Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices.”

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