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Dr. Tom Frieden, Op-Ed, CNN: Technology Companies Can Help Fight COVID-19

May 13, 2020

“It’s only natural that the biggest tech companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, are stepping up as well, not only by donating to Covid-19 relief efforts, but also by harnessing their unique ability to rapidly solve problems and scale solutions. In the pandemic, the commitment to apply technology solutions to societal problems can help save lives and restore the economy, if it is channeled into the right solutions. That means these tech titans should focus on their expertise and share what they know. They should provide solutions that support our existing public health infrastructure. And most fundamentally, they should know when not to step up, sometimes resisting the temptation to help in order to follow that age-old promise in the Hippocratic oath, do no harm—especially to the public trust that is crucial for effective response to the pandemic.”

In this CNN op-ed, Drs. Tom Frieden and Farshad Mostashari, discuss the best ways for tech companies to support the global response to the pandemic—and what they should not do. 

Read the op-ed:

Dr. Farzad Mostashari is co-founder and CEO of Aledade. He is former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services.

About Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden is the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. Dr. Frieden served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Commissioner of the New York City Health Department. His work made New York City’s tuberculosis control program and overall health department models for the world, established effective programs in India, and improved morale, effectiveness, and impact at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tom Frieden’s influential publications have identified the what, how and why of action to improve health. To find out more visit or Twitter @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is determined to prevent millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease and epidemics, with a focus on accelerating action through speed, simplicity, and scale in low- and middle-income countries. Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of the global public health organization Vital Strategies. We received $225 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. For more information on Resolve to Save Lives’ work, please visit or Twitter @ResolveTSL.

About the Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative 

The $40 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative was announced on March 17. It partners with Resolve to Save Lives, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization, to help lower-income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Global Response Initiative joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, which is focusing on convening American mayors to receive the most up-to-date information on the virus from experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.