Startups step up to help India fight COVID-19
As India continues to struggle to deal with the exponential rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, many startups and corporates have introduced a slew of tools and measures to help.
Ecommerce company Snapdeal has launched an initiative to connect COVID-19 patients with potential plasma donors. Called 'Sanjeevani', the platform connects people from across India — including smaller towns and cities — to find relevant matches with potential donors. It was first launched to help the employees of Snapdeal find possible donors and is accessible via the website and mobile app.
Snapdeal launches Sanjeevani to connect patients with potential plasma donors
Fintech startup RapiPay has launched a tool on its website and app that enables people to book COVID-19 vaccination slots. The feature is expected to help non-tech users in rural areas register for vaccination on the CoWIN app.
Ride-hailing unicorn Ola has teamed up with Bengaluru-based NGO GiveIndia to provide free oxygen concentrators to those in need. Through the O2forIndia initiative, people can place a request for oxygen concentrators through the Ola app, which will be picked up and delivered by Ola's cab drivers for free.
Razorpay merchants can now nudge their customers towards donating for COVID-19 relief campaigns with a dedicated ‘Donate Now’ feature on the payment checkout page of all its merchants. Razorpay says that within a week of launching the feature, Rs 20 crore has been collected by partner NGOs.
Meanwhile Paytm also announced that it is offering its payment gateway services at 0 percent transaction fees to all registered NGOs across the country.
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News & Updates
- Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said COVID-19 vaccines for people in the 18-44 age group in Bengaluru would be available from May 10 at all major hospitals and medical colleges.
- Bharat Biotech has commenced direct supply of its COVID-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' to 14 states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, with effect from May 1. The supply to the states based on the allocations received by the central government.
- C-CAMP has received a grant of approximately Rs 12 crore from Novo Nordisk Foundation to anchor and host a project to establish four emergency hospitals fitted with oxygen generators, respiratory support equipment, and mobile hospital units.
- Eli Lilly and Company has inked voluntary licensing agreements with Indian drug firms — Sun Pharma, Cipla and Lupin — to expedite the availability of its arthritis drug Baricitinib for treatment of COVID-19 patients in India.
- Bharat Biotech Joint MD Suchitra Ella said partnerships, technology transfers, and supply of various critical equipment and materials are a must for scaling up the production of COVID-19 vaccines to cater to the huge demand.
Before you go, stay inspired with…
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola
“We must come together and help our communities during these unprecedented times.”