Entrepreneurs, investors, technology leaders and organizations from all over the world came together to provide support to India as the country is struggling to combat the surge in new coronavirus cases and deaths. The country’s health infrastructure has almost collapsed after growing more than 300,000 cases per day for six consecutive days. People are faced with difficulties in arranging beds, oxygen supplies and ventilators for their loved ones. At this critical juncture, everyone from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela (Satya Nadela) to his Google and Apple counterparts Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook (Tim Cook), everyone came forward and helped India is fighting the second wave of COVID-19.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his thoughts are related to medical staff, “Our Apple family and everyone there (in India) are going through this terrible pandemic. He wrote on Twitter, adding that Apple “will donate to local support and relief efforts.”
With the rapid increase in the number of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are related to medical workers, our Apple family, and everyone who is fighting during this terrible stage of the pandemic. Apple will donate for local support and relief work.
-Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 26, 2021
At this moment of crisis, there are others who have expressed their solidarity with India and pledged to provide financial support.
Entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Joe Lonsdale said in a tweet that the uncle of his friend and partner had lost his uncle due to COVID-19 in India. Therefore, he will donate US$50 (approximately 1,870 rupees) for each retweet, up to a maximum of US$1,25,000 (approximately 9.3 million rupees) to help India carry out its work.
I am very sad to understand today, my friend & @ 8VC The partner’s uncle lost to COVID-19 in India. The pandemic there is getting worse and they need more vaccines.
In memory of his family, I will donate US$50 for each tweet, with a maximum donation of US$125,000 to help start work in India. (1/2)
-Joe Lonsdale (@JTLonsdale) April 26, 2021
In response, Micheal Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, CrunchBase and Arrington XRP Capital, said on Twitter that he would match Lonsdale’s donation.
Sandeep Nailwal, chief operating officer and co-founder of cryptocurrency startup Polygon, called on the global cryptocurrency community to help India. On April 24, he posted a tweet on Twitter stating that he would “conduct a Covid relief campaign to replace the situation in India.” He added that he will need “help from the global crypto community.”
I can’t sit down anymore, I will conduct a Covid relief campaign to replace the situation in India.
Need help from the global crypto community.
I will be solely responsible for transparency, use of funds and regulatory compliance
If you want to donate: 1/n
-Sandeep-Polygon (previous Matic network) (@ sandeepnailwal) April 24, 2021
He received many replies from the global crypto community for help. Angel investor and entrepreneur Balaji S Srinivasan asks all those who are “fortunate enough to do a good job this year” to join him, or just “spread words” on Twitter.
If you are lucky enough to achieve outstanding results this year, please consider joining me, @VitalikButerin Donate through the address below.
However, if you only have Twitter, please help promote it. For each RT, I will donate another $50 to fight the COVID in India, up to $100k. #cryptovscovid https://t.co/eKlOlccelv
— Balajis.com (@balajis) April 25, 2021
Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO of HubSpot, a global marketing and CRM software company, sent “101,000 USD in BTC”.
Surojit Chatterjee, Coinbase’s product leader, and Akshay Kothari, Notion’s chief operating officer, pledged to support the disaster relief campaign.
The COVID situation in India is extremely severe. Thank you Sandeep for this setting. Urge the global crypto community to help.
For each RT, I donate $50 to fight COVID in India, up to $50k. #cryptovscovid https://t.co/46iP3at8RK
-Surojit (@surojit) April 25, 2021
On April 25th, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin transferred 100 ETH and 100 MKR, valued at approximately US$606,110 (approximately Rs 450 crore) for COVID-19 relief in India.
In a tweet, Buterin thanked Nailwal for organizing the COVID-19 relief fund, and also thanked Srinivasan for putting forward the signal to promote the movement.
On Monday, Nadela and Pichai tweeted and expressed concern about the current COVID situation in India. When Nadela said he was “sad”, Pichai tweeted that seeing India’s worsening COVID crisis made him “frustrated.”
In addition to global technology giants and their CEOs announced assistance to India, including Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, CRED founder Kunal Shah, Xiaomi Global Vice President and MD Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma Indians have also joined forces to help India overcome the biggest health crisis in history. This is what they are doing and what they have announced.
-Deepinder Goyal (@deepigoyal) April 25, 2021
Update: CRED members can now donate CRED coins to buy oxygen concentrators for hospitals and medical institutions across India. To reach the goal of 1 billion liters, we have partnered with Milaap to ensure that hospitals in need can receive donations.
-Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) April 26, 2021
On Monday, India handled 323,000 COVID-19 cases and 2771 deaths. This is the third consecutive day that the country has recorded more than 300,000 cases, and the seventh consecutive day that more than 2,000 deaths have been recorded within 24 hours.