TikTok donates $10 million to coronavirus efforts


TikTok, the popular platform for making short videos, said it will donate $10 million to the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund.

This aims to help the WHO accomplish tasks such as sending essential supplies to frontline healthcare workers, making sure communities have access to the latest science-based information, and accelerating efforts to develop treatments and vaccines.

“In this time of global distress and concern about the impact of Covid-19, we’ve been inspired by people in towns and cities everywhere whose fundamental humanity is shining through when we need it most—people serenading across quarantined buildings; neighbors delivering food and medicine to those who cannot leave their homes; global outpourings of empathy and support for grieving families. This humanity transcends borders and backgrounds, and we’re moved by how people are sharing their strength when we need it most,” TikTok president Alex Zhu wrote in a blog post.

Additionally, the company said they will match employee donation’s to WHO, the Red Cross, and several direct relief programs.

“We can only stop this virus with a coordinated, global response, where everyone—from every sector—is doing their part. TikTok’s extraordinarily generous contribution to the World Health Organization’s global effort is a perfect example of that. Now is the time for all individuals and companies to come together and fight this virus—because the case for cooperation simply couldn’t be clearer,” United Nations Foundation president and CEO Elizabeth Cousens said in the blog post.

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