The funds will support governments, multilateral organizations, and relief organizations working to respond to the virus, with a focus on health and science initiatives, access to educational resources, and small business support. Last week Google announced $5 million in matching funds for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was launched in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. The company also announced a $500,000 grant to a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital in support of HealthMap, a site that provides up-to-date information about emerging public health threats and outbreaks, including COVID-19.
In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, wrote that the company plans to launch a Distance Learning Fund in the coming weeks "to help learning continue around the globe, as well as [provide] support for small businesses, including resources and access to capital." Earlier this month, Google announced that it would donate $25 million in ad credits to WHO and government agencies through its Google Ad Grants crisis relief program. According to Pichai, COVID-19 public service announcements are already live in more than fifteen countries.
Separately, late Monday Google planned to roll out a beta version of a COVID-19 website developed in partnership with the U.S. government that provides curated education, prevention, and local resources nationwide, including links to information from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as helpful tips and tools for individuals, teachers, and businesses. In addition, Alphabet's research subsidiary Verily is collaborating with state, local, and federal health authorities to establish coronavirus testing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as on an online tool designed to increase risk screening and testing for people at high risk from the virus.
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