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Twitter donates $15 million for COVID-19 relief to India

India has been severely affected by the second wave of COVID-19 that has left people in several states scrambling for oxygen supplies, beds in hospitals, drugs and vaccines.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Microblogging platform Twitter has donated $15 million to three non-governmental institutions in India, to help combat the unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

The amount has been split between Care, Aid India and Sewa International USA, founder Jack Dorsey said in a tweet on Monday. While Care received $10 million, Aid India and Sewa International has received $2.5 million each.

Twitter’s move follows similar donations by tech giants Google and Microsoft last month. South Korean electronics maker Samsung also pledged $5 million last week to help India fight COVID-19.

Twitter last year donated to several organisations worldwide including NGO Direct Relief and Networks for Emergencies and Relief Inc. to support COVID-19 relief efforts.

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“The funds will be used to supplement government efforts by setting up temporary COVID-19 care centres, providing oxygen, PPE kits and other critical emergency supplies for frontline workers, addressing vaccine hesitancy and helping ensure people get vaccinated, particularly in remote and marginalised communities in India,” Twitter said in a statement.

India has been severely affected by the second wave of COVID-19 that has left people in several states scrambling for oxygen supplies, beds in hospitals, drugs and vaccines.


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