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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges to help WHO flood the world with coronavirus test kits

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the World Health Organization’s director-general are buying and selling concepts on how one can get the COVID-19 pandemic beneath management, utilizing instruments starting from Amazon Web Services’ firepower in cloud computing and synthetic intelligence to distribution channels for coronavirus check kits.

Bezos recapped right this moment’s discuss with Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in an Instagram put up, that includes a screengrab of Bezos’ videoconference view with the billionaire’s personal visage within the higher proper nook of the body:

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Good name with @WHO Director-General @DrTedros right this moment on the worldwide response to #COVID19 and the methods @Amazon and @AmazonWebServices are serving to their efforts. Our present work with WHO consists of: rising capability and safety for the WHO web site; offering ML & AI for WHO’s Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources initiative; aiding with the interpretation and transcription of WHO’s information catalogue; offering logistics help. We additionally mentioned the pressing want for collective motion to provide and distribute plentiful COVID-19 check kits. A surplus of quick, efficient, easy-to-access check kits would flatten the curve and shield folks around the globe. I informed Dr. Tedros we’ll proceed to assist WHO in each approach we are able to within the coming weeks and months.

A put up shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Mar 26, 2020 at 1:15pm PDT

Bezos gave prime billing to the help that Amazon Web Services is offering to WHO and its Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources, the U.N. company’s initiative to trace tendencies in epidemiology by means of AI-enabled evaluation of tens of hundreds of reports stories from across the globe.

AWS has pledged $20 million in help, principally within the type of in-kind credit and technical help, for the event of latest instruments that may detect and diagnose COVID-19. It’s additionally a part of a consortium organized by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and IBM to place high-performance supercomputers on the coronavirus case.

Meanwhile, Amazon Care is dealing with deliveries and pickups of at-home coronavirus check kits for the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, which is monitoring the unfold of the virus within the Seattle space.

Is Bezos occupied with doing extra? That’s hinted at in his reference to “the pressing want for collective motion to provide and distribute plentiful COVID-19 check kits.” Producing the kits most likely doesn’t play to Amazon’s strengths, however distributing them most likely does.

“A surplus of quick, efficient, easy-to-access check kits would flatten the curve and shield folks around the globe,” Bezos wrote. “I informed Dr. Tedros we’ll proceed to assist WHO in each approach we are able to within the coming weeks and months.”

Tedros hinted at different methods Amazon would possibly assist in his personal social-media commentary, posted to his Twitter account:

Thank you, @JeffBezos, for a great name right this moment on how @amazon may help @WHO & #COVID19 response, esp in knowledge analytics, provide chain of protecting gear for #healthworkers, scale up availability of #coronavirus exams, bolster our web site & think about supporting the Response Fund.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 26, 2020

We’ve requested Amazon for a standing report on the corporate’s coronavirus initiatives, and can replace this report with something we discover out. In the meantime, right here’s extra details about WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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