COVID-19 research: Tech giants partner with U.S govt

U.S-based global tech giants, including IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, have partnered with the White House to 'unleash the power of American supercomputing resources' for combating the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump has said.

From volunteering to manufacturing masks and ventilators to ramping up production of essential medical supplies and general items, the country's private sector have joined America's war against coronavirus in a big way, Trump said, while launching a new public-private consortium organised by the White House, the Department of Energy and tech company IBM.

"The outpouring from the private sector (in the fight against coronavirus) has been extraordinary," he said

The public-private consortium will "unleash the power of American super computing resources" to fight the deadly viral infection, the president said.

IBM, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Energy's National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation and the NASA will be primarily computing resources to help researchers discover new treatments and vaccines.

"They'll be working along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and all of the people that are working on this (COVID-19 research)," Trump said.

The NIH is the primary agency of the U.S government responsible for biomedical and public health research.