The tech giant and Indian government are alleged to work in partnership for developing a tool to help people identify places in the proximity to get the jab
With the vaccination drive being at full swing in the Indian states amid the second wave of coronavirus, Facebook has recently revealed its plans of building an application, in collaboration with the Government of India, to help the citizens identify the nearest vaccination centers in the country.
It has been speculated that the app would be made available in 17 different languages and would potentially help the people in locating nearby places for vaccination and their timings.
Moreover, it would also allow citizens above the age of 45 years to find spots for walk-in options and display links to register and schedule appointments on the Co-WIN platform.
A report by UNICEF India suggests that apart from vaccination information, the application is also likely to deliver crucial data on the details of seeking emergency care and managing mild COVID-19 symptoms at home.
Apart from assisting in tool development, Facebook had also recently announced offering a $10 million grant for emergency response efforts during the dreaded second wave of coronavirus infection in the country.
Besides the Indian government, the tech giant is also working closely with NGOs like Hemkunt Foundation, Swasth, Project Mumbai, I Am Gurgaon, United Way, and other to ‘deploy funds’ to build stock of medical supplies.
These medical supplies are likely to include 5,000 oxygen concentrators and other life-saving equipment.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lately announced the company’s global campaign to bring 50 million people a step closer to attaining COVID-19 vaccines. Mark mentioned that as various countries are working towards immunizing every single individual in their respective economies, the firm is working on building tools to make it easier for every citizen to get inoculated as well.
Additionally, Facebook has also put forth its plans of bringing its tools to Instagram and WhatsApp chatbots.
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