Google had announced to fund COVID-19 vaccine doses for the Philippines and selected countries.
Google had announced to fund COVID-19 vaccine doses for the Philippines and selected countries through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Yugatech reported that through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Google had announced to fund COVID-19 vaccines for 250,000 people in several countries as Google’s ongoing commitment to vaccine equity.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was a public-private partnership that led the COVAX vaccine facility with the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to ensure equitable vaccine access globally.
According to Google Philippines Country Director Bernadette Nacario, they can help more people from countries needing to be inoculated against COVID-19.
“The presence of vaccines gives us hope that we may be nearing the end of the pandemic but barriers to equitable access exist especially in low- and middle-income countries. We hope that through Google’s efforts and partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, we can help more people from countries needing to be vaccinated,” Google Philippines Country Director Bernadette Nacario said.
Aside from this, Nacario said that they remained committed to helping build public trust in COVID-19 vaccines through raising up timely and trusted information on YouTube, Search, and the rest of their products and platforms as they took down harmful and misleading content.
Also, Google will be leading an employee-giving campaign in order to secure more COVID-19 vaccine doses with the Gavi Matching Fund and Google matching the donation to triple the impact.
To date, the Philippines had already given over 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and fully inoculated over 213,000 people, according to the scientific publication Our World in Data.
Moreover, Google will provide Gavi technical assistance in order to accelerate global distribution as part of its continued efforts to provide reliable and correct vaccine-related insights.
Google was also committing USD 250 million in ad grants to government and public health organizations — including the World Health Organization (WHO). This amounted to 2.5 million public service announcements (PSAs) meant to reach more people.
In the Philippines, Google had taken part in the Department of Health’s #ChecktheFAQs campaign together with other tech companies in order to fight COVID-19 vaccine misinformation alongside taking down misleading and harmful content.