Facebook to roll out new finder tool in India

Facebook has announced to launch an in-app Covid-19 vaccine tracker in India in partnership with the Indian Government. It will help users find vaccines from within the app.

“Partnering with the Government of India, Facebook will begin rolling out its Vaccine Finder tool on the Facebook mobile app in India available in 17 languages to help people identify places nearby to get the vaccine,” Facebook said in a post on its platform.

Facebook said that the tool will show walk-in options for (46 years and above) and a link to register on the Cowin websites. They will also be able to schedule vaccination appointments using the tool. Information like vaccine center locations and hours of operation will be updated on the tool by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF&W).

The social media platform also announced that the covid-19 information Center and Facebook Feed will also have information on how to seek emergency care and how to manage mild covid-19 symptoms at home. The information will be provided by UNICEF India.

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a $10 million grant for emergency response efforts in light of the COVID-19 situation in the country. Facebook is also partnering with organizations like United Way, Swasth, Hemkunt Foundation, I Am Gurgaon, Project Mumbai, and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) to deploy funds to help augment critical medical supplies with over 5000+ oxygen concentrators and other life-saving types of equipment like ventilators, BiPAP machines and to increase hospital bed capacity.

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