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Jan 25, 2021
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In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai outlined steps the company would be taking to expanding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The company will provide over $150 million in grants to promote vaccine education, mostly through the form of ad grants provided to the World Health Organization, CDC Foundation and nonprofits globally. Google will also begin to offer location data on local vaccination sites and will take steps to battle vaccine misinformation.

This comes days after a group of Democratic senators, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), wrote to Pichai, asking the company, and its subsidiary YouTune, to crack down on vaccine misinformation.

About $50 million of the funds will go to helping public health agencies reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information. A recent study compiled by the COVID Collaborative, the NAACP and UnidosUS found that only 14% of Black Americans and 34% of Latino Americans trust that a vaccine will be safe.

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