Moscow ranks first among European cities in the ranking of innovations that help in the fight against COVID-19

Moscow is recognized as the first among the European cities in ranking of innovations that help build coronavirus resilience. It was ahead of London and Barcelona.

The Russian capital ranks third among the world’s megacities, after San Francisco and New York. Boston and London complete the top five. The rating was drawn up by the international research agency StartupBlink.

About 50 advanced solutions used to combat the spread of the coronavirus have helped Moscow achieve high performance.

Between them computer vision algorithms based on artificial intelligence. This technique has already helped radiologists analyze more than three million studies.

Another innovative solution – cloud platform, which brings together patients, doctors, medical organizations, insurance companies, pharmaceutical industries and websites.

Contributed to high results e technologies that help adapt the lives of citizens during a pandemic… These are projects in the field of smart tourism, e-commerce and logistics, as well as teleworking and online training.

Experts from the StartupBlink agency evaluated the measures taken in Moscow in terms of epidemiological indicators and impact on the economy.

Experience in Moscow

In the fight against the coronavirus, Moscow has abandoned extremes. The focus has been on prevention: we have increased the number of free express tests and vaccination points, patented online programs and training platforms, and developed telemedicine capabilities.

During the pandemic, the Moscow health system has accumulated a sufficiently large margin of safety, which allows it not to interrupt routine and emergency care even during periods of maximum incidence of COVID-19.

Capital supports businesses by providing subsidies and incentives. This year, around 25,000 small and medium-sized enterprises benefited from the support measures.

How the evaluation is compiled

The rating is compiled on the basis of global map of innovative solutions to fight the coronavirus and evaluates about 100 leading cities and 40 countries around the world. The Global Map was created in March 2020 and over a thousand solutions have been added to it throughout the year.

The ranking algorithm takes into account the number and type of innovations used in the fight against the coronavirus. Projects accepted to be considered had to meet three basic criteria, including innovation, relevance (the decision must directly respond to the challenges of COVID-19) and credibility. Additional points are awarded for selected exceptional initiatives. All decisions are subject to preliminary moderation and are selected by experts according to criteria of quality and reliability of the information.

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