“Google”, “Lenovo”, “Intel” and other major technology companies canceled their attendance at the International Consumer Electronics Show scheduled to be organized next month in Las Vegas, to join the list of absentees from the exhibition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three companies join a growing list of organizations that prefer not to put their employees at risk through parties, exhibitions or sessions at the mega annual event.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to refrain from attending CES 2022,” a Google spokesperson said. “We were closely monitoring the evolution of the Omicron, and we decided that this was the best option for the health and safety of our teams.”
Also, self-driving car company Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent group of Google, canceled its attendance at the event, saying it would only participate by default.
Lenovo also said on Twitter that it had decided to “suspend all activities at the site” of the exhibition.
For its part, the computer chip maker Intel announced to AFP, after consulting with health officials, that its presence at the exhibition “will be mainly digital, and direct with a minimum number of employees on the ground” to reduce the risk of the epidemic.
The news came on the heels of a number of other major companies canceling or curtailing their plans due to the rapid spread of the omicron mutant.
The four-day conference, which had been planning a big comeback, is still scheduled to start January 5.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile and Twitter, has also canceled its attendance.
Technology media, including Cnet, The Verge and TechCrunch, announced that they would not send delegates to cover the event, adding to growing suspicions that the show may be postponed or canceled.
And the Consumer Technology Association, the organizer of the exhibition, announced last week that the number of participants who confirmed their attendance exceeded 2,100, and that it would provide attendees with a quick and free Covid-19 test as an additional precaution.
On its website, CES reminds that all participants must have received a full vaccination.
The World Economic Forum, scheduled for January, announced Monday that it will postpone its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, due to the mutant Omicron.
The organizers indicated that the forum, which brings together the world’s political and business elite, will be held in the “early summer”. (AFP)
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