Skoda Auto India, in association with its parent organization - the Volkswagen Group, has donated one million euros to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The support will consist of medical supplies and a monetary donation to the German Red Cross. The donation has been made to meet as many different aid needs as possible in the crisis region. Among other things, the brand is procuring medical equipment and materials such as oxygen generators and liquid oxygen tanks, which are necessary for inland transport.
Thomas Schäfer, CEO of ŠKODA AUTO, says, “We are in contact with our colleagues in India every day. They know best what is most urgently needed at the moment. We are working hard to secure the appropriate relief supplies, including oxygen tanks, and transport them to India as quickly as possible. We are grateful that we can help our Indian friends on the ground this way. In these challenging circumstances, the ŠKODA family stands together.” Skoda Auto is leading the Volkswagen Group’s activities in the Indian market. The Indian Red Cross is expected to handle the distribution locally. The company has a couple of production facilities in the country which are located in Pune and Aurangabad.
Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (ŠAVWIPL), says “The country is going through an unprecedented situation with the unexpected rise in COVID-19 cases, leading to extreme stress on the healthcare facilities in India. ŠKODA AUTO’s generous donation, both material and financial support will provide some relief to those affected.” The second wave of coronavirus has India firmly in its grip. The sudden spike in infections is effecting a shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen and antiviral medication straining the overall healthcare system. Earlier, several other leading auto brands such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Ola extended support and donated medical equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.