Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The war on coronavirus advances on five different fronts











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Cisco Systems is committing $225 million in cash and planned-giving to support both the global and local response to the coronavirus outbreak. The company is also encouraging its 77,000 employees to give what they can to help community partners on the front lines bolster their operations. ⁣ ⁣Cisco is allocating $8 million in cash and $210 million in product to the global coronavirus response, focusing these resources on supporting healthcare and education, government response and critical technology. ⁣ ⁣"We have seen an outpouring of employees reaching out to contribute to the nonprofits helping their communities over the past few months," said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins. "To support this, Cisco Foundation has launched a campaign allocating up to $5 million in grants and matching funds to make this happen." ⁣ ⁣Cisco and several other companies will be announcing a multi-million-dollar financial assistance program for at-risk people.

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Prudential Financial is working to fill the shortage of essential medical supplies created by the coronavirus outbreak. ⁣ ⁣The New Jersey-based insurance company donated 153,000 face masks and approximately 75,000 respirators for health care workers across the state who are bracing for an onslaught of patients as the virus continues to take a foothold around the world. ⁣ ⁣Medical masks and respirators were added to the company's emergency preparedness resources following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in case of a future crisis, Prudential's director of global communications Caitrin O'Sullivan told Fox Business Tuesday. The supplies are regularly tested and updated by the company’s chief medical officer, head of Facilities and chief security officer, she said. ⁣ ⁣"While the pandemic has become a global crisis, the fight against it is taking place locally and will be won at the community level," Prudential's CEO Charles F. Lowrey said. "Our cities, towns and neighborhoods have always been there for us, in good times and bad. Their health, well-being and prosperity are vital to our future. We will not let them down in this hour of need."

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Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Apple are pledging to help in the worldwide battle against coronavirus by donating millions of masks so that health care workers can remain protected. In a tweet over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would be donating the masks to health workers in Europe and the United States.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Sunday post that his firm will donate 720,000 masks, while also looking to help purchase more that could be donated. "Health workers urgently need more protective gear," Zuckerberg said in the post. "To help, Facebook donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that we had bought in case the wildfires continued. We're also working on sourcing millions of more to donate. I hope you're all staying healthy and safe!"

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