Richmond software CEO pledges to quadruple employees' donations to COVAX

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Transoft Solutions CEO Milton Carrasco is encouraging all his employees to donate to COVAX by the end of the month.  (Jessie Gill/Submitted - image credit)
Transoft Solutions CEO Milton Carrasco is encouraging all his employees to donate to COVAX by the end of the month. (Jessie Gill/Submitted - image credit)

The CEO of a global software company in Richmond, B.C., is doing what he can to help ensure that every country has fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Milton Carrasco is encouraging everyone at his company, Transoft Solutions, to make a donation by the end of the month to COVAX — the global vaccine-sharing initiative — and he'll quadruple it.

"I'm of Asian descent but born in Africa and studied in the U.K. and now live in Canada," Carrasco said on the CBC's The Early Edition. "So I feel like I'm a global citizen."

Carrasco fled his home in Uganda in the '70s when former military dictator Idi Amin threatened the lives of Ugandans of South Asian descent. He said he fell in love with Vancouver when he first came to visit for Expo 86.

A policeman asks people who came to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to leave as they stand outside the gate of a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, on May 3, 2021.
A policeman asks people who came to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to leave as they stand outside the gate of a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, on May 3, 2021. (Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters)

Carrasco notes that because of the global nature of COVID-19, the virus will continue to live until everyone is vaccinated.

"We do work in a global environment and we're no longer siloed in our business operations," he said. "So if they're not vaccinated, we're going to be exposed, and the virus will keep mutating."

Through his company, Carrasco said he's held similar initiatives that have raised as much as $45,000.

"I'm hoping we can do the same this time around," he said. "The company is double matching and I'm double matching, so we hope to make a big dent."

COVAX was launched in April 2020 and is coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.

LISTEN | Milton Carrasco talks about why he wants to help raise money for vaccines on the CBC's The Early Edition:

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