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Apple and Google’s covid-tracing tech has been released to 23 countries

The tech giants have also given approval to several US states seeking to use its Bluetooth system to trace coronavirus infections.
by Patrick Howell O'Neill

Apple and Google are releasing their much-anticipated “exposure notification” technology to help global health authorities track the coronavirus pandemic. Governments around the world can now use the technology in their own contact tracing apps, subject to approval by the two tech giants.

Contact tracing—tracking down those who may have been exposed to an infectious person—is an important and proven strategy that scientists have used to successfully fight outbreaks ranging from Ebola to HIV.


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