Featuring: Bart W. Édes, Representative, North America Office, Asian Development Bank
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, developing countries across Asia have been harnessing technologies to respond to initial spread of the virus, and subsequent hotspots that emerged after containment. Robots have disinfected hospitals and delivered medicine and medical supplies, drones were deployed to monitor lockdowns, contract tracing apps were created to find potential virus carriers, and digital payments and other cashless transactions have become popularized as consumers have sought to avoid unnecessary physical contact. The presentation will highlight examples of technologies adopted across a range of developing Asian countries. It will also explain how the tech-enabled response to COVID-19 has been rooted in capacities that existed in Asia prior to the pandemic.