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Google will fund 250,000 vaccine doses via an international alliance

Recipients include the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and more

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Internet giant Google has announced it’ll be funding 250,000 doses of the COVAX vaccine via GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. The funding shall come through Google.org, the company’s humanitarian foundation.

GAVI is a public-private partnership that aims to improve immunization drives in developing countries. It currently consists of developing economies, donor governments, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and World Bank. Furthermore, private foundations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are also a part of the alliance.

Google will also be leading an employee-giving campaign to secure more vaccine vials with the GAVI Matching Fund and Google.org matching the donation to triple the impact. The Philippines will be a prime beneficiary of the proposal, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, India, and Laos.

The Mountain View-based company will also offer its technology solution to the alliance to accelerate global distribution. The announcement comes at a crucial time because India is experiencing a miserable second wave of Coronavirus. Being a top vaccine maker, the surge in local cases has prompted India to intensify inoculation of its own citizens. Many experts are worried that this could disrupt vaccine supply to other countries, in turn, extending the pandemic and its associated risks.

“Since February, we’ve been providing vaccine-related insights to help GAVI better educate communities about the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ve used that information to create educational content that reaches more than half a million people each day. We’re now committing US$ 15 million in Ad Grants to help Gavi build on these efforts and amplify their fundraising campaign,” Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer at Google Health, in a blog post.

So far, the Philippines has provided more than 1.7 million doses, and 214,000 people are now vaccinated. While masks and social distancing are temporary measures, a vaccine is touted as the safest way to ensure a normal future devoid of lockdowns and stringent border controls.

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Everything new with Apple Fitness+ this January 2023

New workouts, collections, and songs

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Starting January 9, Apple Fitness+ users will enjoy more new offerings, from new workouts and trainers to new songs from Beyoncé.

Apple’s subscription-based fitness and wellness service has introduced a new total-body cardio Kickboxing workout under Fitness+.

Users can choose from 10-, 20-, or 30-minute-long variations which will be led by Jaime-Ray Hartshorne and Nez Dally.

In addition to the two new trainers, Brian Cochrane and Jenn Lau have been added to lead HIIT and Strength workouts, respectively.

Another new theme under Meditation, Sleep, has been launched, joining other themes like Calm, Gratitude, Resilience, and Creativity.

Sleep will consist of four 20-minute meditations that conclude with five minutes of relaxing music.

Everywhere else, Time to Walk gets new episodes, while two more Collections have been added to the Fitness+ roster: 6 Weeks to Restart Your Fitness and Level Up Your Core Training

Lastly, Artist Spotlight will feature new music from Beyoncé, including songs from her latest album RENAISSANCE. These will be available across Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Strength, Treadmill, and Yoga exercises.

Succeeding Beyoncé in the next two weeks are Foo Fighters (January 16) and Bad Bunny (January 23).

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Netflix will release workout videos from Nike

Launching between December 2022 to 2023

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With the new year just around the corner, a lot of people are bound to promise themselves a healthier 2023. However, a gym isn’t the most welcoming place for a newbie, especially those who don’t know what to do yet. If you’re struggling to start your 2023 right, Netflix is launching a library of fitness content from Nike before the current year ends.

Today, Netflix officially announced that Nike Training Club will release some of its videos on the streaming platform. Eventually totaling 30 hours of content, the library will teach both beginners and experienced users across a range of interests in the workout sphere.

Launching in two batches, the Nike Training Club will release its first batch on December 30. The first batch will include a total of 46 episodes spread throughout different series. These include Kickstart Fitness with the Basics, Two Weeks to a Stronger Core, Fall in Love with Vinyasa Yoga, HIT & Strength with Tara, and Feel-Good Fitness. Oh, and if you don’t have a gym or any equipment, you can still do some workouts on your own.

Currently, Netflix does not have a timeframe for the rest of the library. However, the platform promises more sometime in 2023. If you can’t wait, Nike Training Club also offers more content on its own app outside of Netflix.

SEE ALSO: Netflix Southeast Asia movies to watch

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Herbalife kicks off new app, Nutrition Virtual Run 2022

More seamless tracking and interactive running challenges!

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The Herbalife Nutrition Virtual Run 2022 is back!

In case you didn’t know, it’s an annual initiative to help consumers from the Asia-Pacific region adopt healthy active living habits. It aims to foster communities that support each other to achieve their health and wellness goals.

It’s a highlight event of the company’s “Get Moving with Good Nutrition” campaign.

“To inspire people in Asia Pacific to make positive lifestyle changes, we are introducing region-wide initiatives with a focus on helping them cultivate healthy nutrition and workout habits, while nurturing community support for achieving their goals. For instance, we recently held the Healthy Recipe Challenge to encourage building good eating habits. And this month, we will hold our annual Virtual Run in 13 markets across the Asia Pacific, to help people get moving with a healthy active lifestyle,” said Stephen Conchie, Regional President, Asia Pacific and China, Herbalife Nutrition.

For its third year, the Virtual Run 2022 takes place in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It’s available through a brand-new mobile app, making the running challenge interactive with more seamless tracking.

The virtual run is held from November 1 to 31, 2022 — featuring Individual and Team categories with a wide range of distance options to register from.

For individuals, runners can choose 5KM, 20KM, 50KM, or 100KM. Those who have a team can choose 20KM, 50KM, 100KM, 200KM, and 500KM.

The Virtual Run will contribute to raising funds to support the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation by providing good nutrition to needy children in the Asia Pacific through its flagship Casa Herbalife Nutrition program.

Download the Herbalife Nutrition VirtualRun app here.

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