(CNN) — Google launched an educational coronavirus website on Friday that contains safety tips and authoritative information about the pandemic.
The move comes a week after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence announced that Google was building a nationwide testing website, where Americans could answer a questionnaire and be directed to their nearest testing locations. But Google never affirmed the administration’s claims, and the website that launched Saturday does not include a testing screener.READ MORE: Bomb Threat At Sacramento County Jail, 50-Year-Old Man Arrested
The website, google.com/covid19, is “focused on education, prevention and local resources. People can find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses,” Google said in a blog post.
Google’s plans were delayed earlier this week, when it said that it hoped to link out to a screening tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That tool appears not to be ready yet, and it is unclear when it may be completed.READ MORE: Sunday's Show Info (5/22/22)
The search giant also said Saturday that it will begin surfacing trustworthy information about the coronavirus directly in search results and Google Maps as Americans search for medical services.
Verily, a sister company to Google that is owned by the same parent, Alphabet, launched its version of a testing website on Monday. Its features hew more closely to what the Trump administration has envisioned. But that website is not built or operated by Google.MORE NEWS: 3-Acre Fire Near Highway 12 Knocked Down
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