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Google and Lenovo in turn announce their absence from CES in Las Vegas

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The Silicon Valley giant and the Chinese computer maker have had to resolve not to expose their staff and the public to possible coronavirus contamination.

After careful consideration, we have decided to refrain from any presence among the exhibitors at CES 2022, a Google spokesperson said.

We have closely monitored the evolution of the Omicron variant and have decided that it is the best choice for the health and safety of our teams., he explained.

Lenovo announced on Twitter that it suspended all activity on the site of the Las Vegas show, while the American microprocessor manufacturer Intel has let it be known that it will be content to make its presentations virtually at CES.

Intel told AFP that after consulting the health authorities, it would propose a presence primarily digital and live, with minimal on-site staff in order to limit the risks.

The most well-known annual consumer electronics show is currently being held from January 5 to 8. It must always be preceded by two days reserved for the media.

On Tuesday, companies such as Facebook’s parent company Meta, as well as Amazon, T-Mobile and Twitter, had already pulled out of the event. The main specialist media, including CNET, The Verge and TechCrunch, have also decided not to send journalists, raising doubts about the actual holding of the show given the meteoric spread of the new variant in the United States.

Strict conditions on site

Last week, the organization announced the presence of more than 2,100 exhibitors, who will be offered rapid and free screening tests.

On the CES website, we remind you of the conditions for participating in the show: You MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to collect a badge and access CES in person in Las Vegas.

Another major conference, the World Economic Forum (WEF) – scheduled to be held Jan. 17-21 in Davos, Switzerland – has been postponed due to the Omicron variant, the organization said on Monday. .

The meeting, which brings together business, politics and diplomacy, is now due in early summer.

In January 2021, CES and WEF were held completely virtual.

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