The internet giant said it was “fully aligned” with the government and helping to fight the spread of COVID-19, although it didn’t explain the gap between its plans for a nationwide site and what Trump said.
It’s not shocking that Google would have multiple projects in the works. Verily may be a sibling brand, but it has its own goals. And Google knows that it’s frequently the first destination for people seeking health info — it’s almost obligated to provide knowledge and curb misinformation. The more effort it puts into addressing the coronavirus outbreak, the more it helps both the public and its bottom line.
“Google is partnering with the US Government in developing a nationwide website that includes information about COVID-19 symptoms, risk and testing information. (2/6)
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) March 15, 2020