Google is not working with the US government in building a nationwide website to help people determine whether and how to get a novel coronavirus test. Instead, a much smaller trial website will only be able to direct people to testing facilities in the Bay area.
A Google communications Twitter account passed along a statement from verily, which is a different company inside the alphabet corporate umbrella. More than an hour after Trump’s press conference, a Google communication Twitter account posted a statement about the company.
We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for covid-19 testing. Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay area we appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners.
The tool will only be able to direct people to’pilot sites’ for testing in the Bay area. Verily hopes to expand it beyond California’over time’.
The triage site should be put live within a few days. It will be hosted at project baseline, the verily website where people can sign up to take part in clinical trials.
Google is going to develop a website to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location. Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now.
The 1,700 Google engineers were cited in a company-wide memo earlier this week. It appears to be related to a call for volunteers Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
In all, the difference between the reality of what is being built and what was promised during the press conference is very large. In addition, difference between what’s being built is very big.
Google engineers and Google engineers have volunteered to be part of this effort.’we appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners,’ said Google engineers.
Debbie birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, showed a flowchart during the press conference. Nobody from alphabet or Google spoke at the event, although many executives from other health and retail companies did.
The new coronavirus is spreading through the US. Several states have made emergency declarations. The World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic.
birx’s website would also be where people can go to find their results. People would be able to enter symptoms and be directed to a’drive thru’ testing facility.
We do n’t know much about the website birx described – not its URL, when it will launch, or how it will work. Google did not build it; it is being built by another division of alphabet instead.
The president’s emergency declaration should open up to $ 50 billion in funding, new testing facilities, and new partnerships with private companies to provide testing services. You can read more on the government’s response in our story.
Update: March 13th, 5:30 PM ET: updated with Google’s Tweet. The Tweet was updated March 13, 5:30pm et.