(Reuters) — White House officers met Wednesday with U.S. expertise trade officers to debate tech-related response efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak and methods for presidency to collaborate with the non-public sector.
COVID-19 has killed about 30 folks within the United States and contaminated greater than 1,000 Americans and over 115,000 folks globally on the time of writing.
U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios mentioned the deliberate launch of a brand new database of full-text coronavirus-related scholarly literature and urged tech corporations to make use of instruments like synthetic intelligence “to help medical researchers glean scientific insights from this collection of articles,” the White House mentioned.
“Cutting edge technology companies and major online platforms will play a critical role in this all-hands-on-deck effort,” he mentioned.
The firms collaborating — by teleconference — included Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Twitter, the White House mentioned. Numerous U.S. well being and different federal businesses additionally participated, both in individual or by teleconference.
Other matters mentioned on the assembly included elevated coordination to enhance information-sharing, identification of finest practices to root out misinformation, and the tech group’s efforts round distant work and telehealth, the White House mentioned.
White House officers are assembly members from the airline, monetary, and well being care industries to debate methods to comprise the influence from the unfold of the virus.
But these efforts stand in distinction to the White House ordering federal well being officers to deal with top-level coronavirus conferences as categorized — an uncommon step that has restricted data and hampered the U.S. authorities’s response to the contagion.
On Tuesday, the White House and Congress mentioned measures to bolster the U.S. financial system and shield Americans’ paychecks from the outbreak’s influence, prompting a rebound in hard-hit inventory markets.
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Nandita Bose in Washington, enhancing by Steve Orlofsky, enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Steve Orlofsky.)