Alphabet’s Verily struggles to live up to Donald Trump’s hype on Covid testing
Even the company’s vast resources can’t solve many of the problems, including finding testing sites and getting enough equipment
Right now, the country is doing about half of that on the most active days
In mid-March, Pete Massaro felt like he was in over his head. The global coronavirus pandemic was spreading quickly through the U.S., and Massaro, an engineer at Verily, the life sciences unit owned by Alphabet Inc., had suddenly been tasked with heading up the company’s efforts to help speed testing people for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. He now had three days to open two drive-through testing sites.