Vaccination is the key to overcoming the pandemic, and we’re supporting our communities to ensure transportation isn’t a barrier to receiving a jab. Globally, we pledged 10 million free and discounted rides to and from vaccination appointments, to help people get vaccinated quickly and safely.
As a part of our efforts globally, today we announced a pledge of 25,000 free rides worth BDT 75 Lakhs to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS). These free rides will enable the BDRCS to transport frontline healthcare workers, volunteers, and vulnerable communities, including the elderly, to COVID-19 vaccination hubs in and around the greater Dhaka area.
Earlier last week, we announced our pledge to provide 50,000 free rides worth BDT 1 Crore for citizens travelling to and from vaccination centres across the greater Dhaka area. Aimed at supporting the Bangladesh Government’s vaccination drive, both these initiatives are a part of Uber’s global commitment to provide 10 million free or discounted rides to ensure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine and to help authorities contain the pandemic.
Speaking about the collaboration, Md. Feroz Salah Uddin, Secretary General, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, said, “We’re delighted to partner with Uber for supporting the vaccination efforts in our country. These rides will facilitate transportation of the vulnerable and senior citizens as well as our volunteers and frontline healthcare workers, who are working round the clock to save lives and inoculate our citizens. This timely support will ensure we can protect ourselves, our families, friends and our communities from the pandemic. We look forward to joining hands with Uber in building back better.’’
We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for offering mobility support to frontline healthcare workers, who are working selflessly to get citizens vaccinated and helping keep our communities safe.
These free rides will also help create additional earning opportunities for drivers on our platform during these challenging times.