Google has announced commitments totaling more than $150 million in support of efforts to promote education about and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
The commitment includes $100 million in ad inventory awarded through the company’s Ad Grants Crisis Relief program, enabling recipients like the CDC Foundation and the World Health Organization to run vaccine-related public service announcements on the Google site; and $50 million in support of public health agency efforts to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information. The commitment also includes $5 million in support of organizations working to address racial and geographic disparities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution; recipients of the funding includes the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the CDC Foundation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected every community all over the world,” wrote Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, in a blog post. “It’s also inspired coordination between public and private sectors, and across international borders, on a remarkable scale. We can’t slow down now. Getting vaccines to billions of people won’t be easy, but it’s one of the most important problems we’ll solve in our lifetimes. Google will continue to support in whatever way we can.”