Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella rushing aid to covid-hit India

Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella rushing aid to covid-hit India

By Arun Kumar

With 352,991 new cases India sets global record for fifth straight day.

As India reported 352,991 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the highest in a single day globally for fifth straight day, two Indian American CEOs pledged to rush critical aid to the land of their birth.

Google’s Sundar Pichai and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella pledged in statements Monday to help India tackle a critical shortage of medical oxygen, provide technical expertise and deploy corporate resources.

“I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the US government is mobilizing to help.” Nadella tweeted.

“Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices,” he added.

Nadella was joined hours later by Pichai, who said in a Twitter post that he was “devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis,” and announced 1.35 billion rupees ($18 million) in aid from Google and its employees.

We’re asking ourselves what more we can do as a company to ensure people get the information and support they need to keep their families and communities healthy and safe,” he added.

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