More than a month after Texas Instruments announced it would be running its COVID simulators, the company has revealed it has shut down operations and the COVID simulation has been canceled.
The Texas Instruments (TI) COVID Simulator was an online service that simulated coronavirus infections, but the Texas Department of State Health Services shut it down due to lack of funding.
According to a statement from the Texas State Health Department, the COVEN-19 simulator was a “critical resource” for the state’s coronaviruses lab and was instrumental in identifying new vaccines and testing new protocols for coronaviral infection control.
The TI COVID Simulator had been running since February 20.
However, the state closed it down on March 1 after a federal court ruled that the state was in the midst of an Ebola outbreak and could not afford the cost of running it, a decision that led to the closure of the COVS simulation.
The Texas Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) announced on March 6 that it would provide $1 million to help cover the costs of running the COV simulators.
“We have decided to shut down the COVEv2 and COVIDv3 simulations in the state, effective immediately,” the Texas Health Department said in a statement.
“The state will continue to offer free public health education to the public on the latest COVID vaccines and protocols.”
Texas Instruments’ COVIDsimulator was one of two online coronavirochic simulation services that the company ran in Texas.
The other, Texas Instruments’ Vaxos, was shut down last year.
According the Texas Tribune, the shutdown affected some 3,000 Texas residents.
While the state is still funding the COVI simulation, it will likely not be used in the coming months, as the state has not announced when the COVA simulators will be replaced by more modern models.