1. The COVID-19 pandemic
Pfizer has always been committed to deploying resources in times of crisis. And COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis like never before. In the first phase of the pandemic, Pfizer supported Central and State Government efforts through supply of critical and life-saving equipment, necessary medicines and personal protective material to healthcare workers across the country.
a. State of the art ventilators to Government of Maharashtra
Pfizer supported the Maharashtra government health department with a donation of 5 state-of-the-art ventilators be installed at the three government hospitals in Mumbai.
b. Protective masks for frontline healthcare workers
Pfizer secured over 300,000 N95 protective masks through its NGO partner for frontline public healthcare workers across India. Additionally, Pfizer Healthcare India Private Ltd., through the Vizag manufacturing site, also donated 100,000 3-ply masks for public health and law enforcement personnel in Andhra Pradesh.
c. Equipment support for Mumbai Police COVID Care and Quarantine Facility
Owing to the urgent need for setting up additional COVID care and quarantine facilities, Pfizer supported one such facility at Mumbai with 75 beds and associated equipment such as oxygen concentrators, multipara monitors, crash carts, ECG machine etc.
d. Support Quarantine Facilities at Dharavi:
Pfizer provided basic equipment support including Oxygen concentrators, blood gas analyzer machines, nebulizers, ABG machines etc required for a Maharashtra Govt. quarantine facility for the slum area of Dharavi in Mumbai.
e. Food relief for unorganized labourers in Goa
f. Donation of essential drugs
To ensure timely medical aid to all Covid patients amid daily record tally of new cases, the Delhi government converted the Yamuna Sports Complex into an 800-bed COVID Care Centre. The facility primarily catered to below-poverty-line patients and migrant labour and their contacts, attending to mild-to-moderate COVID cases with further referral tie-ups to Government tertiary care hospitals for severe cases.
Pfizer provided funding to fully operationalize 300 Oxygen beds with required equipment, adequate medical and paramedical staff, consumables and other services.
b. Donation of RTPCR testing kits in Goa
With increased number of COVID-19 cases in Goa, there was an increased need of testing at the right time. Pfizer donated 300 high-quality RTPCR kits to an NGO partner to be used for testing communities in Verna Industrial Area in Goa.
c. Pfizer Inc’s biggest humanitarian relief effort
Pfizer Inc mobilized one of its biggest humanitarian relief efforts to any country, historically by donating medicines worth $70 million (INR 510 crore) that were identified as part of India’s COVID treatment protocol. This included steroid medications to reduce inflammation, anticoagulants to help prevent blood clotting and antibiotics that treat secondary bacterial infections.
d. Supporting a 30-bed ICU facility in BKC, Mumbai
Pfizer Foundation has also provided a fund of $500,000 (approximately INR 3.67 crore) to Americares India Foundation to support a 30-Bed ICU facility at the BKC Jumbo COVID Centre, in Mumbai, by mobilising critical equipment needed to make the ICU operational. These include more than 350 units of 40 different types of high value equipment such as ventilators, CNS monitors, patient monitors, syringe pumps and much more.
2. Kerala Flood Relief Program
Pfizer India contributed towards relief efforts in communities impacted by the floods in Kerala. Pfizer’s contributions helped provide communities with healthcare kits and water purifiers, while also supplying a number of essential medicines required for immediate relief. Pfizer also partnered with Americares India Foundation to restore and upgrade 21 family health centers by supplying necessary equipment including sterilizers, oxygen concentrators, laryngoscopes, ECG machines and cardiac monitors.