Soon after Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced their plans to support India and various Indian organisations in the fight against the outbreak, Apple CEO Tim Cook has also pledged aid to India as the Covid-19 crisis is deepening by the day. According to Cook, Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground. Reporting over 3.5 lakh cases daily amid an acute shortage of medical supplies, India has globally become the hotspot of Covid-19.
Cook in a tweet said, “Amid a devastating rise of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and everyone there who is fighting through this awful stage of the pandemic. Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground.”
Although, it is yet not cleared if Apple will directly contact non-profit organisations to make donation or if they will talk to the government to provide aid. Microsoft and Google, unlike Apple stated their structure in what they are doing to help India in these tough times.
Not only the tech companies, but other nations have come forward to lend a helping hand to India. These countries include the US, the UK, Germany, France, Pakistan, who are providing significant support to India and the people here.
Apple is one of the many companies that are encouraging their employees to get vaccinated. The company has partnered with with drugstore chain Walgreens Boots as a vendor. To allow its employees to sign up for vaccination appointments, as a part of the partnership, a website will be opened by Apple. The company will emerge as one of the biggest tech firms to be running a vaccination drive for its employees. A total amount of $15 million has been committed by the company worldwide. This donation is aimed at helping “treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic.”
“There is no mistaking the challenge of this moment. The entire Apple family is indebted to the heroic first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and public servants globally who have given every ounce of their spirit to help the world meet this moment. We do not yet know with certainty when the greatest risk will be behind us,” in a statement written by Cook previously.