MSD commits additional $10 million to COVID-19 relief efforts to help disparately impacted patients and communities
MSD is proud to make new commitment in support of #GivingTuesdayNow
More than $30 million committed to COVID-19 relief efforts to date
MSD and the MSD Foundation announced the company will make an additional commitment of $10 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts to help address health disparities and inequality among patients and communities. MSD is making this new commitment in solidarity and support of #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to COVID-19. With this commitment, MSD has contributed or committed more than $30 million in support of global, national and local COVID-19 relief efforts.
In the United States, statistics show that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities and under-represented groups across the nation – with African Americans experiencing higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections than other groups. Globally, pre-existing inequalities within society are also differentiating the impact of the disease. Approximately 90% of hospitalized patients have one or more underlying health conditions according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for the global community. At MSD, we are working to support patients, health care professionals and communities across the world in the fight against this disease,” said Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, chief patient officer, MSD. “This new commitment will help advance health equity and address social determinants of health in our most vulnerable communities and patient populations.”
To help address these health disparities, MSD aims to work with selected external partners to support U.S. and global efforts that support underserved and vulnerable communities and patients with underlying health conditions and strengthen health systems and capacity of frontline health care workers to provide care for vulnerable patients. In addition, as a leader in animal health, the company will support efforts to meet the needs of animals who may be affected.
MSD’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSD is focused on protecting the safety of its employees and their families, ensuring that our supply of medicines and vaccines reach our patients, contributing our scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting our healthcare providers and our communities. To date, this support has included donations of medicines, protective personal equipment (PPE) donations for health care providers, and funding to relief organizations. Through MSD for Mothers, the company’s global initiative to help end preventable maternal deaths, MSD committed $3 million to help health systems tackling COVID-19 better meet the needs of pregnant women before, during and following delivery. MSD also is enabling our medically trained employees to volunteer their time to aid their communities while maintaining their base pay. To learn more, please visit www.msd.com/COVID-19