Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

Can a smart­phone app de­tect Covid? Pfiz­er throws down $116M to find out

What can a cough say about a pa­tient’s ill­ness? Quite a bit, ac­cord­ing to Re­sApp Health — and Pfiz­er’s lis­ten­ing.

The phar­ma gi­ant is shelling out about $116 mil­lion ($179 mil­lion AUD) to scoop up the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land spin­out and its smart­phone tech­nol­o­gy that promis­es to di­ag­nose Covid and oth­er res­pi­ra­to­ry ill­ness­es based on cough and breath­ing sounds, the uni­ver­si­ty an­nounced last week.

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