COVID-19: Google Launches Search Panels To Counter Vaccine Misinformation

To counter misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine, Google announced that it will be soon launching new information panels in its search results.

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December 14, 2020

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In a bid to counter misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine, tech giant Google recently announced that it will soon be launching new information panels in its search results. The purpose of this new initiative by Google is to educate people about things that are available in their location regarding the vaccine. Watch the news video below to find out more details on Google’s new initiative.

According to The Verge, panels are being rolled out starting in the United Kingdom (UK) where BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has already been approved for usage. They are being administered and will be further introduced in more countries as and when the local health authorities begin authorizing vaccines (ANI).

As reported by The Verge, these panels will have information related to each and every individual vaccine and will aim to address any misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine. It will also provide information regarding how, when, and where people can receive the shots (ANI).

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As for India, It was announced by the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available in India in the coming weeks. He also mentioned that there will be no compromise on the scientific and regulatory norms regarding the safety and maintenance of vaccine. As per the reports, the vaccination process in India will start as soon as the vaccine is available and approved by the concerned regulatory agency.

According to the reports, the vaccine needs to be stored under proper cold temperature, and the healthcare infrastructure needs to be organized and sanitized along with an augmented workforce.  In India, there are around 55,000 cold chain handlers and 2.5 million health workers as part of the logistics team as the vaccine requires utmost care.

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