San Francisco: As the UK begins mass vaccination, Google has launched a new search feature that will show authorized locations to people looking for information on COVID-19 vaccines.
Google Search will display a list of licensed vaccines in your location, as well as information panels on each individual vaccine.
“As other health authorities begin to authorize vaccines, we will introduce this new feature in more countries,” Google said in a statement Wednesday.
British regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine on December 2 and the country has received 800,000 doses, enough to vaccinate 400,000 people.
The first vaccines are given to people over the age of 80, who are hospitalized or already scheduled outpatient appointments, along with nursing home workers and vaccination staff.
Google reported that, launched in March, the Covid-19 dashboards on YouTube have been viewed 400 billion times, making them an important source of credible information.
These panels appear on the YouTube home page and in pandemic videos and search results.
“Panel updates will connect people directly to vaccine information from local and global health authorities,” Google said.
“Because YouTube creators are a trusted voice within their communities, we also support creators by connecting them with leading health experts to create useful and engaging content for their audiences about Covid-19 and vaccines.”
The company also announced an additional $ 15 million in Ad Grants for the World Health Organization (WHO) to aid in its global campaign.
Google said that since the beginning of the pandemic, it has donated $ 250 million in Ad Grants to help more than 100 government agencies around the world deliver critical public service announcements about COVID-19.
In April, the tech giant donated $ 6.5 million to support Covid-19-related fact-checking initiatives, which have provided training or resources to nearly 10,000 journalists around the world.
Now, the Google News Initiative (GNI) is providing an additional $ 1.5 million to fund the creation of a Covid-19 Vaccine Media Hub and support a new fact-checking investigation.