Meril features MS Dhoni in its digital films and TVCs for CoviFind and collaborates with Piramal Pharma to bolster offline distribution of test kits across pharmacies.
Meril has signed MS Dhoni as the face of its COVID-19 self-test kit, CoviFind. Kickstarting its CoviFind campaign on Independence Day, Meril unveiled two digital film and television commercials (TVC) starring MS Dhoni. The campaign aims to encourage and educate consumers on testing, bringing awareness to self-tests and highlighting the ease and convenience of testing at home.
Sanjeev Bhatt, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Meril, said, “Rapid, accurate and affordable diagnostic solutions are essential to break the chain of virus transmission. To encourage self-testing in India, we are delighted to have MS Dhoni on board, who is a perfect fit with our core philosophy of delivering high quality and value, while advocating
proactive health behaviors. As a powerful symbol of health and resilience, Dhoni is a credible and trustworthy leader. We are confident that, even off the field, he would reach multiple generations, empowering them to take charge of their own health and that of their families to create a safe environment for all.”
“Our collaboration with Piramal will ensure that the CoviFind test is extensively distributed, thus amplifying access to testing solutions across India, spanning rural, peri-urban, and urban regions”, he added.
Speaking on the collaboration, MS Dhoni, said, “In these tough times where the world is fighting against a pandemic, Meril’s self-test kit is a vital necessity. To collaborate with a brand that is bringing a convenient way to test and ensure that we play our part in controlling the spread certainly makes me happy. We hope, together we can create awareness and inch closer to winning this battle.”
The ad campaign is built on the idea of easing the process of testing to alleviate COVID-19 associated fears and overcome any testing hassles. Echoed in the campaign tagline, ‘Doubt Ko Karo Out,’ CoviFind is a quick and convenient solution to test promptly if experiencing any symptoms, in the comfort of one’s own home. At-home testing helps overcome the fear of infections in just 15 minutes.
Nitish Bajaj, CEO – India Consumer Product’s Division, Piramal Pharma Limited, said, “The threat of Covid-19 global pandemic is yet to be completely vanquished. Streamlining access to fast and accurate testing and reporting will be a significant step towards identifying and arresting the spread of transmission. Through our collaboration with Meril, we will accelerate the availability of CoviFind Self-Test kits across Piramal’s well-established national distribution channels. We will also train and educate pharmacists at the last mile to ensure the understanding is provided to the consumers. We are confident that this will encourage positive testing behavior and help towards the safety of the country.”