Video sharing app TikTok has said it will donate $ 10 million to the World Health Organization's Solidarity Response Fund. The WHO Fund is working to ensure essential supplies during the new coronavirus outbreak.
The deadly disease first reported from the city of Wuhan in China has claimed more than 21,000 lives worldwide so far. More than 4.70,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
TikTok President Alex Zhu said the company was inspired by people and organizations involved in helping people through the pandemic
"We are inspired by people in towns and cities everywhere where basic humanity shines through when we need it most – people who serenade quarantined buildings; neighbors who provide food and medicine to those who cannot leave their homes; global outpourings of empathy and support for grieving families, 'Zhu said.
TikTok says their donated funds will help WHO carry out important work, including sending essential supplies to primary health care workers, ensuring communities have access to the latest science-based information, and accelerating research into life-saving treatments or vaccines.
Zhu concluded his blog post by encouraging people to listen and adhere to local government guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus. He said if people are advised to take shelter somewhere or avoid crowds, they should make sure it is followed.
Zhu also asked people to maintain hygiene and help each other so that health professionals can focus on taking care of those who need the most help.
Date Updated: March 26, 2020 3:17:59 PM IST