COVID jitters prompt Amazon, Meta and Twitter to pull out of CES tech show

Organizers of CES 2022 are pressing ahead with plans to host tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas next month, setting up the technology conference as a test for mass business gatherings at a time when surging Covid-19 cases are prompting other companies and groups to change plans. Several participants including Amazon.com Inc.
AMZN,
+2.00%,
 Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc.
FB,
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 and Twitter Inc., and at least one keynote speaker, T-Mobile’s 
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chief executive, have withdrawn from the event.

The Consumer Technology Association is kicking off the biggest U.S. tech conference the first week of January with a scaled-back crowd and vaccine and mask requirements. While there’s a digital component, the organization expects 50,000 to 75,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. In a normal year, the show gathered close to 200,000 attendees, though it went entirely online last January. An expanded version of this report can be found at WSJ.com.

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