Google has announced that it will delay the release of its new Viral information site until “later this week,”media outlet The Verge reported. The search giant didn’t plan to create the site until last week. Last week U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Google was working on a new coronavirus screening site, but it was actually a site provided by Google’s sister company, Verily, which is currently only being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Now a Google spokesman told The Verge that the company wants to spend more time refining the capabilities of its new information site. Indeed, too much has happened in the past 24 hours, and Google wants to make sure it has up-to-date information, such as the nearest in-place shelter call.
Google’s website seems unlikely to deliver the comprehensive national screening feature promised by the White House. On Monday, The Vanity Fair reported that When Jared Kushner described the site to Trump last week, he made a high-profile commitment to what Google would offer.
Google now claims that the site will “provide the American people with authoritative information about screening and testing.” “If Google’s website does link to the screening tool, it is likely to link to content provided by the CDC.” With the detection site available, Google said it would also include official information about its location on its website and other products, including Google Maps and, of course, search.
Google provided the following statement regarding the delay:
Verily launched a pilot site late Sunday in some Bay Area counties and is working with authorities to further expand the work. With local and national guidelines growing rapidly, Google will continue to work with agencies and authorities later this week to launch a website that will provide Americans with authoritative information about screening and testing.
Google says its goal is to make the site available nationwide and to be rolled out internationally. Google says its intention is to obtain information from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, it carries a simple information card at the top of some of its new viral searches and has joined other big technology companies in pledging to “work together to combat” disinformation.
Google’s sister company, Verily, has opened a screening site that serves only the Bay Area and was quickly forced to stop offering new services after reaching its capacity in less than a day.