Indian born Microsoft and Google CEOs pledge to help the fight against the Covid crisis in India
Microsoft's Satya Nadella and Google's Sundar Picai, both Indian born CEOs have pledged to help fight the ongoing Covid outbreak in India. Microsoft will purchase critical oxygen concentration devices, use its voice, resources and technology to aid relief efforts and Google will give $13 million in funding, including two grants from Google's philanthropic arm Google.org to pay for technical expertise and deploy corporate resources, as India records world record daily infections.
In a tweet on April 26th, Satya Nadella said, "I'm heartbroken by the current situation in India" followed soon after by a tweet from Sundar Pichai, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India.” Nadella and Pichai are two of India's most successful global executives. Satya Nadella, was originally from Hyderabad and has worked at Microsoft since 1992, becoming chief executive in 2014. Sundar Pichai was born in Tamil Nadu, moving to the United States to study at Stanford University, joining Google in 2004, and CEO of Google in 2015, and later heading up Alphabet, Google's parent company, in 2019.
The devastating second wave that hit India in mid-March, has meant that communities and hospitals across the country are struggling to cope and now everything is in short supply, with intensive care beds, oxygen and life-saving ventilators all in very short supply. Bodies are now piling up in morgues and crematoriums and the country can now no longer cope with the worst pandemic rate to hit a nation so far.
On Monday, the day of Nadella and Sundar's tweets, India recorded 352,991 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total so far to more than 17.3 million cases as reported by the Indian Ministry of Health. Monday was the most new cases to be recorded in a single day anywhere in the world. The total number of deaths is now more than 195,000.