SoftBank and Other Tech Companies Donate N95 Masks as Hospitals Struggle to Find Them. On Monday, a SoftBank Group (SFTBY) executive announced on Twitter that the company is donating 1.4 million N95 respirator masks to the State of New York.
Afreximbank creates $3 bln pandemic credit facility for Africa. The Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility will help countries avoid trade payment defaults, support foreign exchange reserves and assist commodities exporters struggling with declining revenues, the statement, released late on Tuesday, said.
Robotics, Drones & 3D Printing
How robots and A.I. could help save our healthcare workers and the elderly. Even if we do give healthcare workers enough protective gear to help them avoid getting infected, there’s still a very real possibility of them getting infected while they’re at work. Link
East Lansing Public Schools using 3D printers to make N-95 masks. The 3-D printers at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing are going around the clock, making medical masks to help those fighting the coronavirus. Link
World’s First Internationally Piloted Drone Delivery. At present, 170 countries are affected by the pandemic, COVID-19. The rate of infection continues to rise fivefold on a daily basis across the world, and the data continues to highlight the transnational force of contagion.
Vaccines & Therapies
Coronavirus has ‘stable genome,’ study suggests, so vaccine could help ‘over many years’. The study, which was produced by two independent teams in the country, used “a new next-generation sequencing (NGS) research assay” from Thermo Fisher Scientific on Italian COVID-19 patients.
Amazon, Startups See Surge in Demand for Automation Tech Amid Pandemic. The companies contacting Amazon include everyone from airlines struggling to respond to customers canceling reservations to health care providers that need help answering questions about medical bills, the person said.
Coronavirus fever checks, facial recognition implemented by burger chain. The store is extending contact-free measures to transactions by requiring payments over the PopPay app.
Artificial Intelligence & Data
Coronavirus: Tracking app aims for one million downloads. But as spam and malware skyrocket on the back of the pandemic, one expert said people would be wise to be cautious about downloading other apps purporting to help tackle coronavirus.
IBM launches an interactive dashboard to track coronavirus. IBM’s dashboard runs on the IBM public cloud and uses IBM Watson to access and analyze data from the World Health Organization and multiple national, state and local governments.
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