Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, Ford has been very active in its efforts to help fight the virus. The automaker has produced millions of pieces of PPE equipment, donated a large portion of them to needy communities, and run a number of ad campaigns encouraging everyone to “finish strong.” Ford also recently began offering vaccines to its employees at their workplace.
These efforts have made the automaker one of the most trusted companies in the U.S., according to a recent study, and now Ford is stepping up once again to provide Indian and Brazil with PPE equipment and funds amid surges in those countries.
The automaker announced that it is donating a grand total of five million surgical masks, 100,000 N95 masks, and 50,000 gowns to India. In addition, Ford Fund is donating $200,000 to support organizations providing essential COVID-19 relief in India and Brazil.
India is currently dealing with a devastating second wave of the pandemic that, just yesterday, saw new infections grow by 386,555 in just 24 hours. Total cases currently top 1.8 million, while 208,330 people have died from the virus so far.
In addition to Ford’s donation of PPE equipment, the U.S. government also sent its first shipment of masks, oxygen, COVID-19 tests, and other aid this morning via plane, with plans to send another shipment tomorrow.
The situation in India certainly looks dire, with Dr. Farah Husain, head of the ICU unit at Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi recently telling CNN that India was facing “nothing short of an apocalypse.” “We’ve had patients being rushed in, almost wards getting filled up overnight, 90 patients in less than 12 hours,” Husain said. “The problem with this virus is the second wave is extremely contagious, extremely aggressive, and it is affecting the younger population in a significantly different way that we had not expected.”