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TikTok is donating $10 million to combat coronavirus

The money will aid the World Health Organization’s efforts against the pandemic

After teaming up with the World Health Organization to provide advice and combat misinformation about coronavirus earlier this month, TikTok has announced it will donate $10 million to the agency.

The money will go towards WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund, according to a statement posted March 23.

This fund helps medical staff battling the pandemic in various ways, including: “sending essential supplies to front line health care workers, ensuring communities have access to the latest science-based information, and accelerating efforts to discover life-saving treatments or vaccines.”

This comes alongside assistance from the social media platform for people that are particularly at risk or suffering from the knock-on effects of the virus, including a donation of $3 million towards the provision of meals for families affected by school closures.

Users on the platform, meanwhile, have been coping with coronavirus and its impact by dispelling fake news, sharing health and hygiene tips, and offering a bit of much-needed humour.

Other donations to aid medical staff and the vulnerable during the pandemic have come from musicians such as Rihanna and Kanye West, as well as names across fashion including Donatella Versace, and LVMH and Kering.


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