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As California struggles with coronavirus vaccine distribution, Google announced its plan to help control the pandemic.
The tech giant, located in Mountain View, California, will provide 150 million dollars for vaccine education and equitable access and partnering with a health care provider to open vaccination clinics. In addition, Google’s Chief Health Officer says Google Maps will soon provide access for people to find a vaccination site near them.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, stated in a blog post, “We recognize that getting vaccines to people is a complex problem to solve, and we’re committed to doing our part. Today we’re announcing that we’re providing more than $150 million to promote vaccine education and equitable distribution and making it easier to find locally relevant information, including when and where to get the vaccine. We’ll also be opening up Google spaces to serve as vaccination sites as needed.”
To help get vaccines to more people, Google is providing $150M to promote vaccine education & equitable access, and opening up our spaces for vaccination sites as needed. On Search & Maps, we’re making it easy to find when + where to get a vaccine. https://t.co/Iep0n0Dv47
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 25, 2021
“We’ve seen a 5x increase in the information that people are looking for on COVID vaccinations, which is a signal to us that people were ready to get more information,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo M.D, Google’s Chief Health Officer, explaining the need for more coronavirus resources.
“We’ll be making support to the World Health Organization. In the U.S. to the CDC foundation and to local community organizations because that’s where trust is built in the front lines of neighborhood,” said Dr. DeSalvo.
“Early data in the U.S. shows that disproportionately affected populations, especially people of color and those in rural communities, aren’t getting access to the vaccine at the same rates as other groups. To help, Google.org has committed $5 million in grants to organizations addressing racial and geographic disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations, including Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the CDC Foundation,” continued Pichai.
One Medical’s chief medical officer, Dr. Andrew Diamond, said the two companies have been working to make vaccination sites happen since October 2020.
One Medical has an annual membership fee of $199, however under their partnership with Google, One Medical will offer free trial memberships.
“If you are not already a one medical member you can get a free membership at one medical that last 60 days. That’s long enough to get your vaccination. The idea is that you can get an appointment, based on our appointment availability which is in term based on how much vaccine we have,” said Dr. Diamond.