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Samsung, Vivo pledge funds to fight Covid

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The Economic Times
04th May, 2021 16:04 IST

Electronics major Samsung and smartphone brand Vivo have pledged to contribute Rs 37 crore and Rs 10 crore for the fight against Covid.

Samsung said it has pledged USD 5 million (Rs 37 crore) out of which USD 3 million will be donated to the states of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu while USD 2 million will be provided for medical supplies, including 100 Oxygen Concentrators, 3,000 Oxygen Cylinders and one million LDS syringes.

LDS or Low Dead Space syringes minimize the amount of drug left in the device after injection, optimizing vaccine usage. Existing products have a large amount of the vaccine remaining in the syringe after use.

The technology has demonstrated up to 20% greater efficiency and if existing syringes were to deliver one million doses, LDS syringes could deliver 1.2 million doses with the same amount of vaccine. Samsung has helped the manufacturer of these syringes increase production capacity, it said.

The company will cover the vaccination costs for over 50,000 eligible employees and beneficiaries in India, with an aim to safeguard their lives, as vaccine doses become available. This will also include all Samsung Experience Consultants, who work at electronics retail stores across the country.

“As part of the 'vivoCares' initiative, vivo has undertaken several initiatives to help out those in need during this devastating second wave of COVID-19. vivo will donate oxygen concentrators worth INR 6 crores that will be distributed to various government hospitals to support the COVID relief measures,” Vivo said in a statement.

The company has partnered with ISKCON to distribute 1,00,000 free cooked meals at the doorsteps of covid stricken patients and families in Gurgaon.

In association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, vivo will give out a 'Happiness Kit' for all 500+ students of a government school for six months in Delhi. The 6-months long happiness project will support nutrition through food items, education through books and stationery, and hygiene through daily essentials.

Vivo has also pledged to donate 2 ambulances fitted with cardio-ventilator machines.

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