Globe Live Media, Monday, January 25, 2021
Google Maps will soon show locations offering covid-19 vaccines, further bolstering awareness about the virus and how to avoid it.
The feature will roll out in the coming weeks, starting in four states: Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Google announced Monday that searches for “vaccines near me” have increased fivefold since the beginning of the year and is rolling out this feature to ensure it “provides locally relevant answers.”
The results, which will also be displayed in search results on designated dashboards, include details on whether an appointment is required, whether the vaccine is only available to certain groups, and whether there is a self-service service. Google said it is working with “authorized sources” to obtain the information, including local governments and retail pharmacies. Information on vaccine sites will be rolled out to other states and countries later.
Vaccines against the Coronavirus in the US
Confusion about the vaccine is rampant with 60% of Americans saying they don’t know when or where to get it, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The availability of vaccines in the United States has also been problematic with President Joe Biden asking for patience to soon improve implementation. Ultimately, his goal is to administer 100 million doses of the vaccine in his first 100 days in office.
This is the latest change to Google Maps in relation to the pandemic. In September, the Maps app began showing seven-day averages of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai also said Monday that the company is donating $ 100 million in advertising grants to the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization and other nonprofit organizations to make “critical announcements. Public Service Health Service »about the virus. “We recognize that getting vaccines to people is a complex problem to solve and we are committed to doing our part,” he said.
Certain parts of Google’s facilities, including parking lots and open spaces, in California, New York and Washington will also be open for vaccination efforts and administration.
Google is the latest corporate conglomerate to help improve vaccine deployment. Starbucks, Amazon and Walmart have offered similar efforts in the fight against coronavirus in recent weeks.
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