Google to open up its spaces to serve as mass vaccination sites: Sundar Pichai

Mountain View, CA: Google’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday that the tech giant will open up its spaces in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and committed more than $150 million to promote vaccine education.
Google is initially looking at offices’ spaces inside the US, but is open to do the same in other countries as well, a company official said.
“Searches for ‘vaccines near me’ have increased 5x since the beginning of the year and we want to make sure we’re providing timely and locally relevant answers,” he said in a blog post.
Pichai, 48, said to help with mass vaccination efforts, starting in the United States, Google will make select facilities-such as buildings, parking lots and open spaces-available to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines.
“We’ll start by partnering with health care provider One Medical and public health authorities to open sites, where needed, in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in California; Kirkland, Washington; and New York City, with plans to expand nationally,” he said.
Google is working with local officials to determine when sites can open based on vaccine availability, Pichai added.

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