How AWS is supporting customers, partners, and the community in India during COVID-19
Our teams are working hard to ensure to ensure we can continue to support our customers, partners, and communities at this time. Below is a list of regular updates on how we're responding to the crisis.
How AWS and its customers are helping students and teachers learn without disruption
As students and teachers in India are waking up to a new reality due to COVID-19, Impartus and CareerLauncher, and partners like Intel are using AWS, to quickly and securely enable remote learning solutions at scale, so students can continue their education anywhere, anytime. Read more
AWS InCommunities provides medical supplies, hygiene kits to health workers in India
AWS InCommunities, our Amazon Web Services team focused on community engagement, has reached out to the medical community and health workers in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Telangana to help those on the frontline by providing medical supplies and hygiene kits contributing to the fight against COVID-19. We have donated ventilators to the District Headquarters Hospital in Telangana and masks, gloves, sanitizers, and other COVID-19 relief supplies to other medical establishments to help medical staff.
AWS InCommunities also supports mask donations to medical establishments in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai as well as personal protective equipment (PPEs) to 108 ambulance and airport staff. For frontline workers in Mumbai, the team donated COVID-19 relief kits, containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, soaps, and other required materials.
Supporting migrant labour with food supplies
The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought hardship to the migrant labour community, who depend on daily wages for essentials including food. Therefore, AWS InCommunities provided over 3,600 kilograms of dry ration to migrant workers housed in 10 Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) schools where AWS InCommunities set up STEAM labs. Commenting on the contributions, Nitin Kale, Deputy Commissioner, NMMC, thanked Amazon for helping NMMC in this coronavirus pandemic situation. “This donation means a lot for us, as we have to supply essential commodities to migrant workers, slum dwellers, homeless people, and people under quarantine.” he added.
AWS makes critical COVID-19 data publicly available
AWS has created a public source for critical COVID-19 data to aid ongoing research. The data lake, which compiles datasets from multiple sources, will help healthcare workers, medical researchers, scientists, and public health officials working to understand and fight the novel coronavirus and COVID-19
Launching the $20 million AWS Diagnostic Initiative to accelerate COVID-19 research
We are launching the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative—a program to support customers working on better, more accurate diagnostic solutions and promote better collaboration across organizations solving similar problems.
As part of this, we are committing an initial investment of $20 million to accelerate diagnostic research, innovation, and development to speed our collective understanding and detection of COVID-19. The AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative begins with participation from 35 global research institutions, startups, and businesses focused on tackling this challenge.