Software giant Salesforce.com announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its workplace health monitoring apps to help vaccine distribution programs.
The company launched the Work.com for Vaccines platform to help governments deploy vaccines developed for various diseases, including any number of highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccines that are undergoing emergency development to contain the largest global health crisis in more than a century.
The platform will also be helpful in coordinating flu vaccinations and other treatments, CEO Mark Benioff told CNBC’s Jim Kramer.
“We’re in a situation right now, Jim, where vaccinations are one of the most important things we can do for public health,” the internet entrepreneur said in an interview titled “Mad Money”. “We have hundreds of new vaccines coming for Covid. It’s going to be one of the truly biggest logistical and technological challenges in the history of the planet.”
As part of the company’s 360 customer platform, Salesforce said it designed Work.com for its vaccine applications to be able to coordinate the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to vaccinate billions of people around the world. The program will be useful for other endeavors as well because it includes features for managing vaccine lists, scheduling appointments, and monitoring a patient’s health status, among other duties.
Salesforce is now building and delivering our new Work.com Vaccine Site, expanding the reach of our highly successful Work.com product, which has helped many nations and nation states. [and] Bneiouf said companies are succeeding during the epidemic.
The announcement of Work.com for Vaccines comes months after the company launched a program to help companies bring workers back to their offices as the country began to recover from a brutal lockdown that plunged the economy into a recession. Stay-at-home orders have been issued across the country to contain a deadly virus that has now been linked to more than 200,000 Americans this year alone.
Outside of wearing a mask and social distancing, public health officials say a vaccine is the most effective way to protect public health and help society return to its new normal.
Pharmaceutical makers like Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are rushing to develop a treatment in record time.
“I am done with Covid. I am very ready for it to end so that we can return to the life we lived, but none of that will happen until we are all vaccinated,” Benioff said.