In order to highlight authoritative information, Google will begin adding the official vaccination sites to its Maps and Search “in the coming weeks"
Google has announced that it will soon add Covid-19 vaccination locations to its Maps and Search apps.
At the same time, that the tech giant would also provide $150 million to “promote vaccine education and equitable distribution,” while also opening up its own sites to serve as vaccination spots, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also said in a blog post.
According to Google search data, development and early stage distribution of multiple safe vaccines has seen searches for “vaccines near me” increase five-fold since the beginning of the year, reports British daily The Independent.
In order to highlight authoritative information, Google will begin adding the official vaccination sites to its Maps and Search “in the coming weeks."
The initiative will begin with Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas before rolling out to more US states and countries, though no set timeframe has been announced yet.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has deeply affected every community all over the world. It’s also inspired coordination between public and private sectors, and across international borders, on a remarkable scale,” Pichai wrote in the blog post outlining Google’s efforts.
“Getting vaccines to billions of people won’t be easy, but it’s one of the most important problems we’ll solve in our lifetimes.”