Google to invest $10bn in India, as it becomes investment destination in pandemicBy Prince Osuagwu has joined hands with a consortium of Covid-19 researchers to announce the launch of, an open-access epidemiological data platform that enables experts to track disease spread in real-time and to forecast future outbreaks.

The initiative is the result of a grant from a broader $100-million commitment to COVID-19 relief that was announced alongside 30 other projects from organisations around the world using AI and data analytics to support pandemic relief efforts.

It helps to strengthen governments’ information mechanism and effective public response.

With the support of, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, Northeastern University and Oxford University created with the express purpose of leveraging data from open-access and authoritative public health sources to track disease progression.

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“When an outbreak occurs, timely access to organised, trustworthy and anonymised data is critical as it can help public health leaders formulate early policy, medical interventions, and resource allocation — all of which can slow the spread of disease and save lives,” he added.

He said the team are confident that the platform will become a key addition to the world’s early warning systems toolbox, helping identify and respond to future epidemics and pandemics that may occur globally, regionally and nationally.

Earlier research work by the consortium helped detect the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, and alerted the World Health Organisation, WHO. Yet, due to the rapid spread of the virus around the world and the overwhelming pressure it created on their systems, the researchers tag-teamed with to urgently build global health.

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