Google is all set to launch vaccine information panels to fight against the misinformation being spread regarding the coronavirus vaccines. As per the announcement made by Google today, the company shall be launching these panels first in the United Kingdom, as news regarding vaccination trials being underway in the UK have been making the rounds. This feature has come as a result of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine getting approved and shot.
The authorization of COVID-19 vaccines is still in process in other countries and as soon as it is done in other regions, Google will make the panels available there too. In a first by the giant search engine, the attempt is to cover and organize information related to each and every vaccine around the world. It will feature where and when people can receive the vaccine, as well as indicate any misinformation being spread about it.
The inspiration of these vaccine information panels come from the panels set up by Google previously for COVID-19 misinformation, along with a compilation of centers where tests of the global pandemic are being conducted. Launched back in March 2020, these have engaged over 400 billion views, and over 700,000 misleading COVID-19 videos were also removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google.
The tech giant has gathered information from reliable sources, with the help of World Health Organisation (WHO) in particular, as it has joined hands with the WHO in a 15 million USD ad grant deal. In the overall research, Google has dedicated and launched more than 200 such features and products to help people worldwide.