Businesses Unite With PagerDuty to Solve COVID-19 Vaccine Crisis in ‘Go Give One’ Campaign
When we launched our PagerDuty.org Time-Critical Health Initiative in 2019, we had no idea how crucial this commitment was about to become. Barely six months later we were amid a global pandemic, and it was more important than ever to leverage PagerDuty’s ability to orchestrate across teams and complex systems to reach people faster—especially the most underserved populations.
While the United States and other high-income countries are rolling out vaccinations and relaxing restrictions, many low-income countries are still deep in crisis. The pandemic has exposed inequalities between populations in access to healthcare and vaccines, and the gap continues to grow. In fact, 84% of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3% of doses have been administered in low-income countries.
To end the pandemic everywhere, we must take a global and proactive approach to ensure that everyone can access life-saving vaccines now—and with urgency. COVID-19 knows no borders, and neither should the vaccine. That’s why PagerDuty and our partners are supporting the Go Give One campaign to ensure COVID-19 vaccinations are distributed to the hardest-to-reach communities.
Close the Global Vaccine Equity Gap
Go Give One is a campaign with no borders—created by the WHO Foundation to raise funds for COVID-19 vaccines. An ambitious target to deliver two billion doses by early 2022 has been set. That’s enough to vaccinate nearly 30% of the adult population in the 92 countries identified as low- and middle-income economies by the campaign organizers.
This target would not be achievable without public-private support. So, we are proud that PagerDuty has joined forces with other founding campaign partners Russell Reynolds Associates, Salesforce, Workday, and Pledge 1% in a coalition to support the Give One $5 million USD challenge campaign. We are committed to helping create a responsive world where everyone has access to healthcare that allows them to thrive—including and especially those who have historically been economically or socially marginalized.
The funding raised will go to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), an innovative financial mechanism to ensure that the poorest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of their ability to pay. The COVAX AMC is managed by COVAX, a worldwide initiative directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.
A Collective Impact
We are calling on everyone to come together to ensure anyone can receive the vaccine, independent of nationality or income. The Go Give One campaign aims to get 50 million people to take part, and PagerDuty invites our employees, customers, and partners to donate $5, the cost of a single vaccine. PagerDuty.org is matching employee donations, and will also match donations by attendees of PagerDuty’s Summit event up to $50,000. Together, we can help vaccinate millions of people around the world, protecting everyone’s loved ones and safeguarding our communities.
PagerDuty.org’s Commitment to Time-Critical Health
The mission of PagerDuty.org’s Time-Critical Health initiative is to meet urgent needs faster to advance justice and health. To date, we have deployed close to $750,000 in funding and product support for nonprofits working in time-critical health, and in April 2021 we launched a $1 million open call for funding to ensure the COVID-19 vaccination reaches the most marginalized communities around the globe. Our investments in Time-Critical Health is one part of our commitment to drive positive social impact. PagerDuty is a Pledge 1% company, meaning that as a company, we have committed 1% each of equity, employee volunteer time, and our product to accelerate social impact.
Together We Can Win Against COVID-19
We can end the pandemic if we Go Give One together. This virus knows no boundaries and we can only be free when everyone is protected. Visit the Go Give One website today and follow hashtags #COVID19 and #GoGiveOne on social media to join us in helping to vaccinate the world.