13 May 2021
Entain Foundation to Provide Oxygen Concentrators and Covid-19 Fighting Drugs to India via Crown Agents
Entain, the leading global sports betting and gaming entertainment group, has donated £100,000 to fund relief efforts in response to the unfolding Covid-19 emergency in India. Through the Group’s independent Entain Foundation (“the Foundation”), the Group is supporting the work of Crown Agents, the not-for-profit international development organisation, which will arrange and oversee distribution of support.
Current estimates put the number of new infections at up to 500,000 cases a day, with the World Health Organisation reporting that nearly half of all new Covid-19 cases globally were in India last week. The crisis has meant that many Indian hospitals are unable to cope with the volume of patients and are experiencing a chronic lack of oxygen and other key medical supplies.
Entain’s donation will enable Crown Agents to supply 25 Invacare Platinum Oxygen concentrators, as well as the drugs Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and Dexamethasone, used in the treatment of the virus. The combination of the oxygen concentrators and medical supplies will allow for the treatment of more Covid-19 patients in their own homes, in turn reducing some of the strain on India’s medical infrastructure.
Entain is closely linked to India, employing over 2,500 people via its IvyTech subsidiary in Hyderabad. The Group is making extensive efforts in support of its Indian-based colleagues and their families on the ground, including the procurement of critical medicines, emergency hospitalisation support, assistance with medical insurance and online medical consultations. In addition to this, the Foundation believes it is vital to contribute to the wider relief effort. This decision is in line with the Foundation’s commitment to support the communities in which Entain operates.
Commenting on the donation, Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain said:
“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our colleagues and the Indian people at large in what is a hugely challenging time for all. We hope that the supply of oxygen concentrators and Covid-19 drugs will make a contribution to helping in the fight against this dreadful virus.”
Fergus Drake, CEO of Crown Agents said:
“We are deeply concerned about the current situation in India. Especially in these difficult times, we must stand together to beat the virus globally, once and for all. We very much welcome Entain’s support and are committed to continue to work with our funders globally to beat this deadly disease.”
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About the Entain Foundation
The Entain Foundation was established to coordinate and support Entain’s ESG and CSR initiatives, objectives and donations around the world. The Foundation’s efforts are focused on four key areas: Responsible gambling, sports integrity and gambling regulation research, education and treatment; Grass roots, women’s and disability sport; Men’s health, with a particular focus on mental health; and Projects with a clear link to the local community in Entain’s major office locations.
For more information see https://entaingroup.com/entain-foundation/
About Entain plc
Entain plc (LSE: ENT) is a FTSE100 company and is one of the world’s largest sports-betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector. The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; Sports Brands include bwin, Bet.pt, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Neds and Sportingbet; Gaming Brands include CasinoClub, Foxy Bingo, Gala, Gioco Digitale, Ninja Casino, Optibet, partypoker and PartyCasino. The Group owns proprietary technology across all its core product verticals and in addition to its B2C operations provides services to a number of third-party customers on a B2B basis. The Group has also entered into a joint-venture with MGM Resorts to capitalise on the sports betting and gaming opportunity in the US, through BetMGM. Entain provides the technology which powers BetMGM and exclusive games and products, specially developed at its in-house gaming studios. The Group is tax resident in the UK with licenses in a total of 27 regulated markets. Entain is a leader in ESG, a member of FTSE4Good, the DJSI and is AA rated by MSCI. The Group has set an SBT, committing to be carbon net zero by 2035 and through the Entain Foundation supports a variety of initiatives, focusing on safer gambling, grassroots sport, diversity in technology and community projects.
For more information see the Group’s website: www.entaingroup.com
About Crown Agents
Crown Agents is a not-for-profit international development organisation which provides logistical expertise and manages programmes for governments and multilateral organisations, such as the UN and GAVI.
We work in over 60 countries and reach over 36 million people a year delivering health and humanitarian programmes, buying and shipping medicines and equipment, managing complex supply chains, tackling corruption and helping to build the capacity of national governments through training.
For more information see Crown Agents’ website: www.crownagents.com