TikTok pledges $10 million aid for COVID-19 response

TikTok says it is donating $10 million to efforts fighting against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) globally.



3/25/2020 3:14 PM
TikTok pledges $10 million aid for COVID-19 response

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TikTok on Monday, March 23, said it is donating $10 million to efforts fighting against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) globally.

In an official statement, company president Alex Zhu said that the fund will be donated to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund, which aims to raise money to support the work of the organization and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This fund helps the WHO carry out vitally important work, including sending essential supplies to front line health care workers, ensuring communities have access to the latest science-based information, and accelerating efforts to discover life-saving treatments or vaccines. Alongside many great companies and individuals, we're passionate about doing our small part to contribute to this important cause and the critical work the fund enables," said Zhu.

"This is another step in our drive to support the global health field and the pandemic's impact on local communities. We continue to donate critical supplies to countries and communities in need, including helping procure masks for health care workers and enabling the distribution of food support for students, teachers, and families affected by school closures. We're matching employee donations to a range of local and global initiatives, including WHO, Red Cross, and a number of direct relief programs. As a company we continue to seek out ways to get involved and lend a hand," he added.

Cognizant of the power of Tiktok's global reach, Zhu said that they are also focused on using the platform to support WHO's efforts to keep the global community informed and healthy.

"As this fight continues, we will continue to identify ways to help health care workers and our local communities. We encourage anyone financially able to join us in donating to the Solidarity Response Fund in this crucial time," said Zhu.

His final message is a simple one: listen to the health officials, stay indoors, and maintain rigorous hygiene.

"One thing every single person can do to help our health care heroes is to reduce our own risk of infection," he continued.

"Take care of one another so that our health care workers can focus on taking care of those who need help the most," he added.

TikTok, launched by the Chinese company ByteDance in September 2017, has quickly become one of the most popular social networks in the world, with young people as its main market.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now 381,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide. Of that number, 101,000 have recovered and 16,000 have died.