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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela expressed concern about the current COVID-19 situation in India and thanked the United States for mobilizing help in this time of crisis. Nadela tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by the current situation in India, adding that he was “grateful that the US government is stepping up to help”. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also tweeted that he was “devastated” to see the worsening COVID crisis in India. He said Google and Googlers would help Rs. 135 crore in funding for Give India and UNICEF for medical supplies, community support organizations, and grants to help critical information.

Nadela also said Microsoft will continue to use “its voice, resources and technology to aid relief efforts and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentrating devices.”

In a statement, Sanjay Gupta Country Head & VP, Google India, said the tech giant’s funding will include grants from Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google. “The first is for GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hardest hit by the crisis to help them with their daily expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing materials, where they are needed most in India. This also includes donations from our ongoing employee giving campaign – to date over 900 Googlers have contributed $ 500,000 (approximately 3.7 crore rupees) to organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities, ” Gupta said.

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Nadela and Pichai’s tweets came hours after the United States said it would “immediately” make available the sources of raw materials needed to increase production of the Covishield vaccine as India continues to grapple with a daily increase of over 300,000 cases.

US President Joe Biden assured India of US aid, saying the country was “determined” to help.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Sunday and confirmed it, as his country had also “identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and PPE suits which will (also) be manufactured immediately. available for India “.

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The United States is also “seeking options to provide urgently needed oxygen and related supplies” to help India overcome a shortage that has endangered the lives of thousands of COVID-positive patients and those who fight against other diseases.

“Just as India sent aid to the United States when our hospitals were under stress at the start of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India when needed,” States said. -United.

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Meanwhile, the situation in India remains extremely critical as it registered 3.52 lakh of new infections in the last 24 hours. Another 2,806 people lost their lives to the infection on Sunday. This is the highest ever recorded in a single day in the number of deaths. India now has a gigantic 2.8 million active cases even as people struggle to get beds, oxygen and ventilators in private and public health facilities.


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