Mar 21, 2019

After 2 years, Trump announces pick for U.S. chief technology officer

Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

President Trump announced Michael Kratsios — his administration's deputy assistant for technology policy — to serve as U.S. chief technology officer.

Why it matters: The Trump administration was slow to fill this key and highly visible position at the White House, per Axios technology reporter David McCabe. The most recent occupant of the CTO role during the Obama administration was seasoned tech executive Megan Smith, who had served as a VP at Google. Kratsios has been involved in initiatives on artificial intelligence and other priorities in technology while on board after the appointment of a White House science advisor.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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