File photo of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, a member of the Global Pandemic Response Task Force. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images)
India West Staff Reporter
The United States Chamber of Commerce announced on May 5 the formation of the Global Pandemic Response Task Force, which includes many Indian-American business leaders.
The public-private partnership will provide immediate assistance to India and help coordinate relief efforts to respond to COVID-19 surges, according to the press release.
Members of the task force include Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayan, Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen, COO and FedEx Director Raj Subramaniam, IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna, and VMware COO Sanjay Poonen.
The group also includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta and Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach, among others.
The task force will coordinate a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and individual efforts to organize relief where it is needed most.
The task force is working with the US-India Chamber Business Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to take three immediate steps to help address the COVID-19 outbreak in India.
Sourcing, shipping and delivery of 1,000 Puritan Bennett ventilators desperately needed by healthcare facilities across India. The first ventilators purchased by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation have arrived, and all remaining ventilators are expected to arrive by June 3. Medtronic will manufacture the ventilators and handle end-to-end shipping, installation, and ongoing and virtual training, according to the statement.
It will also deliver 25,000 oxygen concentrators to India by the end of May, with transport support from FedEx, he said.
In addition, it establishes the HR Manager India Action Group to provide ideas and practical information to CHROs to help their staff in India.
The Global Pandemic Response Task Force was launched to provide a unified platform for businesses to mobilize and provide resources to support COVID-19 efforts in areas of greatest need. largest in the world, according to the release.
Early efforts will focus on the urgent need for support in India, with more than 400,000 cases reported on May 1 alone. Through its steering committee, the task force will work to focus its efforts where business support will be most beneficial, with additional countries to be determined in consultation with the U.S. government, the chamber adds.
The global task force works closely with US and Indian government officials to share information and coordinate efforts. This includes regular briefings with the Modi and Biden administrations, the US Congress, the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development.
The coalition of leading businesses, nonprofits, and associations that have come together to support these actions include Accenture, Adobe, Amazon, American Express, Amway, Apple, Applied Materials Foundation, Bank of America, BCG, Citi, David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation, Dell, Deloitte, Dow, Ernst & Young, Emerson, Facebook, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, John Chambers Foundation, Johnson Controls, JP Morgan Chase & Co, KKR, Lockheed Martin, Mastercard, McCormick & Company, McKinsey & Company, Medtronic, Merck, Microsoft, Nasdaq, Newsweek, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Qualcomm Foundation, Raytheon Technologies, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, VIAVI Solutions, VMware , Walmart and Zoom.