Google on Thursday announced a series of financial donations and measures to help vaccination campaigns in the United States and around the world. These include a “virtual agent” to guide people who have little or no Internet access.
Accessible by text message, online chat or phone, it must allow you to make an appointment to be vaccinated or to ask basic questions about your eligibility, in 28 different languages. The cloud branch (remote computing) of the technology giant has developed this tool primarily for “people with limited access to the Internet,” said a statement.
Three ways we’re helping make sure everyone who wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine can:
💉 Providing 250K vaccines to countries in need
💉 Funding pop-up vaccine sites in the U.S.
💉 $250M more in Ad Grants to connect people to accurate info https://t.co/TfAguczyvl
— Google (@Google) April 15, 2021
Help the disadvantaged population
Google says it wants to facilitate the vaccination of disadvantaged communities in terms of access to health. The California firm has pledged to provide 250,000 doses of vaccines to countries in need, help fund temporary vaccination sites in the United States and provide $ 250 million in advertising grants to help governments and health organizations , including the World Health Organization (WHO) to communicate on ongoing campaigns.
“In the United States, Covid-19 has disproportionately affected African-American and Hispanic populations, and yet these groups have lower vaccination rates,” the group notes. Google is also worried that elsewhere in the world, “it will surely take years for some countries to have enough vaccines.”
Several large tech companies have announced similar efforts. Amazon, Uber, and Facebook have made resources available or deployed digital tools to help with vaccination campaigns. “As we have seen during the pandemic, no one is protected from Covid-19 until everyone is,” said Google. In the United States, Canada, Chile, France, India and Singapore, Google Maps can now find establishments that vaccinate.