According to a letter sent by Reuters to President Joe Biden, Amazon on Wednesday expressed its willingness to help the United States with COVID-19 vaccine work.
Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s global consumer business, said in the letter that the world’s largest online retailer has reached an agreement with a healthcare provider to manage vaccines in its facilities. Once the vaccine is available, It will move forward.
In addition to providing vaccines to Amazon employees, Clark added: “We are ready to use our operations, information technology, and communication capabilities and expertise to assist your government departments in vaccinating.”
Biden made this proposal when he became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. The President has set a goal to provide 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of office, an effort that Amazon aims to support. Clark congratulated Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the inauguration.
The company has more than 8 million employees in the United States, making it the second-largest private employer after Walmart. As of September, more than 19,000 American workers on Amazon have been infected with the virus, which highlights the importance of this vaccine to keep its employees safe and warehouses functioning properly.
Amazon said in the letter that its scale will have an impact on the virus, but it did not provide details on the form of help. So far, the company has not immediately commented on its vaccine launch.
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