There are no specifics regarding when the site will go live, but more details about the initiative are coming the evening of Sunday, March 15th, Vice President Mike Pence said.
In a memo to employees seen by CNBC, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company’s life sciences arm, Verily, was working to “aid in the COVID-19 testing effort in the US.” This reportedly includes partnering with government officials to direct potential patients to Verily’s Project Baseline website. It’s unclear if this is the same hub that Trump discussed during today’s press conference.
Project Baseline is a global health-mapping and clinical research initiative that functions in collaboration with outside scientists and volunteers, its webpage reads.
Google pledged on March 6th to help governments around the globe tackle the coronavirus pandemic, working directly with the World Health Organization. It’s also implemented tools to curb misinformation about the outbreak online.
The US has more than 1,600 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 40 afflicted people in the country have died, according to the CDC. The Trump administration pledged to roll out 1 million testing kits around the country by the end of last week, though authorities missed that goal. According to the CDC, just over 11,000 specimens have been tested in the US since January.