The COVID-19 second wave has led to a sudden rise in new coronavirus cases in India. More than three lakh new COVID-19 cases have been reported every day over the past week. As the country’s health and medical infrastructure struggles to cope up, smartphone companies have pledged to offer support and aid. Samsung has joined the list of smartphone companies that have pledged to donate and help India fight the second wave. It has promised to donate a sum of $5 million, which is roughly Rs 37 crore. The donation will also include LDS syringes that minimise the amount of drug left in the device after injection.
Samsung pledges to donate Rs 37 crore to help fight COVID-19 second wave in India
Samsung has announced that it will donate USD 5 million (roughly Rs 37 crore) to India to help fight COVID-19 second wave. The company will also provide support with essential medical equipment for hospitals, as part of its citizenship initiatives. Out of the total sum, the company will donate USD 3 million to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
It will also provide medical supplies, including 100 Oxygen Concentrators, 3,000 Oxygen Cylinders and one million Low Dead Space (LDS) syringes. The syringes help minimise the amount of drug left in the device after injection, optimising vaccine usage. Samsung claims that the tech has 20 percent greater efficiency. Compared to existing syringes that deliver one million doses, LDS can deliver 1.2 million doses with the same amount of vaccine. The company will also cover the vaccination costs for over 50,000 eligible employees and beneficiaries in India.
The amount is an addition to last year’s Rs 20 crore donation that it had made in India to fight against the pandemic. Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, OPPO, and Apple have also pledged to donate and help fight against the second wave in India. Vivo announced that it would provide aid worth 10 crores to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India. Xiaomi has pledged to donate oxygen concentrators worth Rs 3 crore. Realme had announced the distribution of 100,000 masks and donated to the Hemkunt Foundation, to aid the acquisition of 3000 litres of oxygen, which would be equivalent to about 10 small oxygen cylinders.