Amazon Web Services commits $20 million towards coronavirus research

Mar 20 2020, 11:43 am

Between continuing to pay all 10,000+ hourly staff at Amazon, and building a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund, Amazon has revealed its latest project towards COVID-19 research: Amazon Web Services.

In a blog post on Friday, Amazon announced the launch of the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative, a program to support customers who are working to bring more accurate diagnostics solutions to market faster and promote collaboration across organizations working on similar problems.

The analytics and machine-learning services will be delivered to organizations working on diagnostics who need reliable computing power so they can process and analyze large data sets as quickly as possible.

The initiative will initially focus on coronavirus projects being conducted by accredited research institutions as well as private entities developing clinic or at-home testing with same-day results. Eventually the initiative will expand toward other causes.

“The world needs more and more private sector innovation to combat this pandemic,” said Steve Davis, a member of the WHO’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group and a member of the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative’s technical advisory group.

Amazon is committing $20 million to the AWS Diagnostic Initiative in the hopes that it can “accelerate diagnostic research, innovation, and development to speed our collective understanding and detection of COVID-19 and other innovate diagnostic solutions to mitigate future infectious disease outbreaks.”