Reliance Foundation provides 2.5 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses free to Kerala government
Thiruvananthapuram, August 12, 2021
Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), today said it would provide 2.5 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine free to the Kerala government.
In a step that will help boost the vaccination initiatives of the state government, the letter of commitment in this regard was formally handed over to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by a delegation from Reliance here on Wednesday.
Expressing his heartfelt thanks, Vijayan said the gesture of solidarity by Reliance Foundation would undoubtedly strengthen the state’s vaccination drive.
Reinforcing the commitment of Reliance Foundation to community welfare, Nita M Ambani, Founder-Chairperson, Reliance Foundation said: “Through every step of India's fight against COVID-19, we have stood with the nation. Mass vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from the virus. We rolled out Mission Vaccine Suraksha, for free vaccinations across the country. With these 2.5 lakh free vaccination doses, Reliance Foundation reaffirms its support to the people of Kerala in this hour of need. Together we will rise above this challenge, and emerge as a stronger nation.”
The vaccines arrived in Kochi on Thursday and were handed over to the Kerala Medical Services Corporation. Ernakulam District Collector Jaffer Malik received the vaccines on behalf of the Kerala Government. The vaccines will be distributed and administered through the Kerala Health Department.
Reliance Foundation said in a press release that it had been consistent in its support to the people of Kerala especially through times of emergency.
"During the 2018 Kerala floods, Reliance Foundation contributed Rs. 21 crore towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, adopted relief camps in Alappuzha and assisted in flood relief; distributed apparel, footwear and dry grocery worth close to Rs. 50 crore, besides medical assistance.
In 2019, Reliance donated Rs. 5 crore towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, helping the flood- and landslide-affected victims to rebuild their lives, including infrastructure restoration in several locations.
"In the battle against COVID-19 since the beginning of this pandemic, Reliance Foundation has been at the forefront to support the nation spear-headed by Nita Ambani. A multi-pronged response across the country has ranged from testing to healthcare, medical oxygen to free meals and masks to vulnerable communities. These include:
· Providing medical oxygen free of cost to meet the need of one lakh patients, on a daily basis
· Over 2000+ COVID-care beds and facilities supported across the country
· Providing over 7.5 crore meals to vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic
· Distributing over one crore masks and awareness messages for safety
"As part of Mission Vaccine Suraksha, over 10 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to employees, family members and dependents across Reliance. Till date, over 98% of all eligible employees have been covered with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The extension of this mission to the people of Kerala and across the country reinforces the commitment and the promise of ‘We Care’ that Reliance Foundation made, to stand with the nation and serve the most-at-need," the release added.