Joining companies like Google and Apple in donating resources to help India fight the rise in COVID-19 cases, Amazon has now donated 100 ICU ventilators to India. These, according to recent reports, will help India address the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the country. The units will arrive in India in the next two weeks.
Now for those unaware, India has been experiencing one of the worst waves of COVID-19 in recent days. The cases have reached the millions and are increasing day by day. As a result of the increase in cases, the country now faces an extreme shortage of medical equipment and resources such as oxygen, ICU beds, and more. If you or someone you know needs help, we have compiled an extensive COVID-19 resource guide for you. Check it.
Citing these concerns, we recently saw Google step up and donate a whopping 135 crore in funding to support the fight against COVID-19. Additionally, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised to donate funds and resources to the country during these crucial times.
Now, Amazon has stepped in to help India by donating 100 ventilation units through its global resources (via Techradar). The Seattle-based company has performed compatibility checks on 100 units of the Medtronic PB980 and is working with Medtronic (MT) to transport them by air and import them to India.
Amazon India is also working with the government of India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to decide which hospitals in the country need more ventilation units. Upon completion, the e-commerce giant will work with MT to deliver and install the ventilation units in those hospitals. In addition, the company will also train the personnel who will operate the ventilator in these hospitals.
“With the urgency to increase the medical infrastructure and capacity of Indian hospitals fighting the second severe peak of COVID-19, we decided to urgently supply, import and donate 100 ventilators to hospitals to be identified by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Family Member (MoHFW), Government of India ”, said Amazon India Country Head and Senior Vice President Amit Agarwal.
Also, to further slow down the spread of the coronavirus, we suggest all adult Indians, i.e. those over 18 years of age, to register for COVID-19 vaccination. Registration is open and doses will be administered starting May 1.
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