There was a period early in the pandemic when I wondered if Covid-19 would be the crisis that finally pushed Silicon Valley and Washington together. Google was promising to develop a website with nationwide information about testing and risk levels. In a rare collaboration to help the government and health officials, Apple and Google said they would team up on contact-tracing apps.
A recent study showed that at least project based on that data likely saved thousands of lives. And behind the scenes, some technologists have had a major impact on the Covid-19 response since the start of the pandemic.