WhatsApp announced its brand new sticker pack with the World Health Organization (WHO) called “Vaccines for All”, and this sticker pack is now available in WhatsApp. “This sticker pack offers people a fun and creative way to connect and privately express the joy, relief, and hope they feel about the possibilities the COVID-19 vaccines offer, and to show their appreciation for the healthcare heroes who have continued their life-saving work during this long and difficult time.”
According to a WhatsApp blog post, WhatsApp partnered with more than 150 national, state, and local governments, and with organizations like WHO and UNICEF, on COVID-19 helplines to connect over 2 billion WhatsApp users to accurate information and resources.
As the pandemic enters a new phase in many countries, governments are using these helplines to connect citizens privately to accurate vaccine information and registration, in countries such as Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and India. In Indonesia, 500,000 medical workers registered for their vaccine appointments on this service in its first 5 days.
We want to help governments and international organizations connect as many people around the world to vaccine information and services as possible, especially those in hard-to-reach places or in marginalized groups. We’ve also waived the fees that come from sending messages through our WhatsApp Business API.
As we move slowly, in some countries, towards being together in person, we hope people will continue to share their private thoughts and experiences – and hope – with their family and close friends on WhatsApp.