CES 2022: Amazon, Meta withdraws from the Las Vegas event

The consumer technology association will however carry out the show as planned from Jan 5 to 8 in-person.

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The new corona variant, omicron will cut no ice with the annual CES tech conference scheduled in January in Las Vegas. Despite the fact that the organizers have clinched on the matter to go ahead, companies like Amazon Inc, Meta Inc, Twitter Inc, Pinterest and several others have cancelled their plans to attend the annual convention in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consumer technology association will however carry out the show as planned from Jan 5 to 8 in-person. The last time the event happened in person was in January 2020, just a few months before the outbreak of the worst pandemic in the world.

Many companies gave their statements on the matter addressing their concern on the large gathering of people. “Out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees, we won’t be attending CES in-person due to the evolving public health concerns related to Covid-19,” Meta formerly Facebook said.

“CES 2022 will convene leaders in health tech and showcase the latest products and solutions tackling the pandemic and improving people’s health. More than 100 health companies will exhibit at the show” the official handle of CES tweeted on DEC 21.

The organizers have demanded the COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the people attending the conference. Samsung, a key presenter at CES, said Tuesday it was “closely monitoring the current health situation” and planning to take appropriate measures. Its next steps could include “a smaller delegation on-site and the strengthening of online experiences,” the company said.

Some big companies like Samsung Group Corporation and Alphabet Inc, are still firm on their plans to attend the event according to sources.