WhatsApp has launched a brand new sticker pack referred to as Vaccines for All to encourage its customers to get COVID-19 vaccine and present their appreciation for healthcare staff across the globe. The brand new sticker pack has been developed in collaboration with World Well being Group (WHO). WhatsApp has additionally partnered with greater than 150 nationwide, state, and native governments, in addition to organisations together with the WHO and UNICEF to supply authenticated COVID-19 data and sources to its international customers. The COVID-19 helplines created on WhatsApp by totally different our bodies additionally began providing vaccine data and registration.
The Vaccines for All sticker pack on WhatsApp brings 23 distinct stickers which might be designed by the WHO. It’s available for download on each Android and iOS and is aimed to let folks “categorical the enjoyment, reduction, and hope they really feel in regards to the prospects the COVID-19 vaccines provide”. A number of the stickers within the new pack are additionally meant to permit WhatsApp customers to point out their appreciation for healthcare staff.
“As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out the world over, the brand new sticker pack goals to encourage vaccine uptake and represents hope,” mentioned Andy Pattison, Workforce Lead, Digital Channels, WHO, in a ready assertion.
Along with the brand new sticker pack, WhatsApp has added COVID-19 helplines from varied nationwide, state, and native governments and organisations resembling WHO and UNICEF because the begin of the pandemic. The moment messaging app claimed that over three billion messages have been despatched throughout via these international helplines prior to now yr.
WhatsApp additionally famous that the governments in nations together with India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa have began utilizing these helplines to attach residents to correct COVID-19 vaccine data and registration. In Indonesia, the messaging app mentioned that 500,000 medical staff registered for his or her vaccine appointments via the helpline service in its first 5 days.
In India, WhatsApp partnered with MyGov and Reliance-owned AI platform Haptik final yr to offer COVID-19 data to Indian residents via a chatbot referred to as MyGov Corona Helpdesk. The chatbot consists of particulars on COVID-19 vaccines and has surpassed the mark of 30 million customers.
WhatsApp has moreover waived off the charges it requires to allow supply of messages via the WhatsApp Enterprise API to assist governments and worldwide organisations join a lot of folks to vaccine data and providers.
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