Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Pledges Aid for India

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has pledged Microsoft’s support to India due to rising COVID-19 contraction rates and an increased need for oxygen.

Nadella said on Twitter that Microsoft will continue to “use its voice, resources, and technology” for aid in India, particularly in the purchasing of oxygen concentrators that are in dire need. The oxygen concentrators pull oxygen from the surrounding air and then prepare it for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 cases.

The use of oxygen concentrators is not advised for patients who are in critical condition.

Nadella continued his statement, saying that he was “heartbroken” by the events that have taken place in India. He was “grateful” for support efforts mobilized by the U.S..

Microsoft is the second major tech company to pledge financial and medical support to India, after Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that he was “devastated” by the current conditions there. Pichai said Google will provide funding for medical equipment, high-risk community support teams and grants that would provide crucial information to communities.

COVID-19 infection rates have skyrocketed in India, with daily infection rates topping 350,000 cases. Great Britain, Germany and the United States have all pledged support. The U.S. in particular has pledged to send raw materials necessary for the creation of vaccines. Germany and the E.U. have coordinated to send oxygen and medical supplies according to foreign officials.

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