Google, which reaches over half a billion people in India, turns its services into tools to help the world’s second-largestfight the pandemic. Google said on Monday it has to its Search, Maps, YouTube, and Google Pay services in India to display and boost authoritative and credible information about the coronavirus to help people in the South Asian nation find vaccination centers and other resources to navigate the crisis.
across the country in English and eight Indian languages. The company is working with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to source this information., which has been offering updates on the virus for over a year, now also displays information panels with vaccine registration details in India and highlights the official Indian government website for the vaccine at the top. Search and Maps showing 2,500 testing centers in India similarly indicate locations of over 23,000 vaccination centers
Google, which identifies India as its biggest market by users, said it is also testing a Q&A function inin India to enable people to ask about and share local information on the availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations in the country. The new features rollout comes as over 350,000 infections and over 3,500 fatalities every day. The nation’s healthcare infrastructure is struggling to serve patients, primarily running out of beds and .
On May 1, India opened. In recent weeks, scores of firms, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors have stepped up to . And Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp have become the real-time helpline as people exchange with one another.
Google said it also uses its various channels to help extend the reach of health information campaigns in India. blog post.campaign, encouraging people to focus on authoritative information and content for vaccines. We’re also surfacing important safety messages through promotions on the Google homepage, Doodles, and reminders within our apps and services,” it wrote in a
On YouTube, Google has curated a set of playlists with videos that, the spread of the virus, and facts from experts. The company said it has also rolled out a COVID Aid campaign on to enable users to donate to non-profit organizations such as GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation, Goonj, Save the Children, Seeds, UNICEF India (National NGOs), and United Way.
The company said a similar campaign to support several other foundations had raised over $4.6 million. “As India battles this devastating wave, we’ll keep doing all we can to support the selfless individuals and committed organizations on the front lines of the response. There’s a long way to go—but standing together in solidarity, working together with determination, we can and will turn the tide,” read a blog post signed by the Covid Response team at Google India.