Amazon offers help to US government in distributing Covid-19 vaccine


Amazon has offered help to the US government in accelerating the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, in a letter addressed to President Joe Biden.

The world’s largest online retailer has an agreement with a third-party occupational healthcare provider to administer vaccines at its facilities and are prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available, Dave Clark, chief executive of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business, said in the letter.

“We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against Covid-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort,” he said. The development was
first reported by Reuters.

This move comes as Biden became the 46th US president on Wednesday and has laid out a goal of delivering 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office.

Amazon is the second-biggest private employer behind Walmart in the United States and currently employs more than 800,000 people in the country. In October last year, the tech giant had said that more than 19,000 employees had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The essential employees working at Amazon fulfillment centers, AWS data centers, and Whole Foods Market stores across the country who cannot work from home should receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time,” Clark said in the letter.

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Amazon had incurred more than $7.5 billion in incremental Covid-related costs in the first three quarters of 2020 and expects to incur another $4 billion in the fourth quarter, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky had said in the company’s earnings conference call in October last year.





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