Google on Monday pledged more than $150 million to ensure equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine and promote vaccine education so that all sections of society around the globe can benefit in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced an additional $100 million grant for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and non-profit organizations in different countries.
“We’ll invest another $50 million in partnership with public health agencies to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information,” Pichai said in a statement.
“Our efforts will focus heavily on equitable access to vaccines. Early data in the US shows that disproportionately affected populations, especially people of colour and those in rural communities, aren’t getting access to the vaccine at the same rates as other groups,” Pichai said.
Google is also ready to let the administration use its offices as COVID-19 vaccination centres.
“We’ll also be opening up Google spaces to serve as vaccination sites as needed,” said Pichai.