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Omicron threatens face-to-face CES in Las Vegas

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The most famous annual consumer electronics show is, for the moment, maintained from January 5 to 8, preceded by two days reserved for the media.

Nonetheless, on Tuesday, companies including Meta, Amazon, T-Mobile and Twitter withdrew from the event. The main specialized media – notably CNET, The Verge and TechCrunch – have also decided not to send journalists on site, which raises doubts about the actual holding of the event.

After careful consideration and discussion, T-Mobile made the difficult decision to significantly limit its in-person participation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show., thus indicated the group in a press release, specifying that the CEO, Mike Sievert, will not finally make any speech, neither in person nor virtually.

While we are confident that the CES organization is taking comprehensive measures to protect those attending face-to-face and that we have also implemented many preventative practices, we prioritize the safety of our team and that of individuals. others, he stressed.

Asked by Agence France-Presse (AFP), a Google spokesperson said that, for the moment, the group still plans to participate in person, but he indicated that he closely monitor the situation.

A spokesperson for the automaker General Motors also told AFP thatat this point, there was no change.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra to visit Las Vegas to unveil the electric Chevrolet Silverado on Jan. 5; an opportunity to disclose more information on the automaker’s upcoming strategy for electric and autonomous vehicles.

Strict conditions on site

On the CES website, the organization recalls the conditions for participating in the show: You MUST have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to collect a badge and access CES in person in Las Vegas.

CES recommends that you test yourself before you leave for Las Vegas, and within 24 hours of entering a CES venue., is it mentioned.

Another major conference, the World Economic Forum (WEF) – which was scheduled to meet January 17-21 in Davos, Switzerland – was postponed because of the Omicron variant, the organization said on Monday.

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

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

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