As we grip with the realities of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, an unsettling realisation has begun to coalesce: The federal government wants Silicon Valley.

It’s true. Internationally, tech giants are filling voids. In China, Alibaba’s Jack Ma shared purported snaps of 1 million face masks and 500,000 coronavirus testing kits certain for America, the place shortages threaten lives.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk can also be lending a hand. He simply organised the delivery of 1,200 ventilators to Californian hospitals, in addition to different medical provides, albeit after awkwardly implying that US states weren’t operating low on provides.

Family names like Apple, Microsoft, and Fb are concerned, too. They’re sourcing millions of face masks for the US and Europe.

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Even Lyft, undoubtedly hit laborious by coronavirus lockdown measures, is delivering medical supplies  all whereas Jeff Bezos’ Amazon seeks to assist 100,000 unemployed with full and part-time jobs.

Silicon Valley can solely achieve this a lot in opposition to coronavirus

These are strikes spurred on by requires the world’s greatest firms to step in the place governments have failed. Present estimates counsel the US wants roughly 3.5 billion face masks to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, so whereas sorely wanted, that few million pledged by Silicon Valley‘s heavyweights will solely go up to now.

Talking to those considerations, an influential San Francisco pension fund practically begged the S&P 500 on Monday to mobilize their manufacturing and distribution operations to serving to the well being sector deal with COVID-19 .