US government quotes big tech companies to try to tackle coronavirus
The White House has organized a meeting with the country's top tech companies to coordinate efforts on the coronavirus outbreak. This measure aims to control a contagious respiratory disease that has infected almost 1,000 people in the United States and more than 100,000 worldwide. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy confirmed to Reuters that the meeting would include Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Apple and Microsoft. The meeting will be chaired by United States Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, with some of these companies participating via conference call, the White House itself has announced. The companies have declined to comment to Reuters.
The Fox Business network had previously reported on this meeting, after government representatives are meeting with spokespersons for the aviation, financial and health industries to discuss ways to contain the impact of the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, the White House and Congress negotiated measures to bolster the United States economy and Americans' wages against the impact of the outbreak, prompting a rebound in the worst-hit stock markets.
"What is happening is not their fault, nor this country's. We will control the situation, ”President Donald Trump said Tuesday in the White House press room. The action plan includes payroll benefits and aid to the hotel industry and airlines. The collapse of Wall Street, added to the pressure of the Democrats, have forced the Administration to speed up the measures to face the crisis. The United States already exceeds a thousand cases affected by the outbreak, double that of last Friday, and records 26 deaths.
Last Friday Trump signed an urgently approved law, which allocates $ 8.3 billion (more than 7.3 billion euros) to deal with the spread of the outbreak, mainly by reimbursing state governments for what they are investing to combat the disease. The amount is triple what the government had originally estimated.