Salesforce.com has said it has adapted a number of its business applications to help healthcare organizations and government entities distribute vaccines for the novel coronavirus as soon as they become available.
The San Francisco-based SaaS business said the offering, called Work.com for Vaccines, will help cities, states and health-care groups track vaccine inventory levels, create online appointment portals and monitor how patients fare after being vaccinated.
We all know that they’re not all the same,” Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters in an interview.
“And so technology will be really critical in separating the wheat from the chaff in the vaccine.”
Numerous businesses and countries around the globe are rushing to create a vaccine to supply some degree of immunity to this novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. The CEO of GlaxoSmithKline , the world’s biggest manufacturer of vaccines, said she was optimistic the industry will be able to make vaccine widely available next year.
Salesforce.com’s efforts build on tools built out in May aimed at changing the company’s business software to help governments make re-opening decisions according to public health information and carry out contact tracing and other activities related to the pandemic.
In a press statement, Salesforce said pricing will be “based upon the unique requirements of each public agency or private healthcare organization.”
“We get the government the price they need,” Benioff said. “We know a lot of people are under pressure, and we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure that they get the technology at the right price that that’s appropriate for them.”
The timeline to get a vaccine was a significant focal point of this US presidential debate on Tuesday. Benioff said the organization plans to work with “red states and blue states” and has previously worked with both California and Texas.
“Salesforce is not a Democrat or Republican. Salesforce is an American,” he said.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Leslie Adler and Aurora Ellis.
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