Amazon sends a letter to Biden providing to assist with Covid-19 vaccines
United States President Joe Biden speaks during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021.
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Amazon on Wednesday offered to help with national efforts to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a letter to President Joe Biden received from CNBC.
“As you begin your work leading the country out of the Covid-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to help you meet your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration,” said Dave Clark , CEO of Amazon’s global consumer business, wrote in the letter first reported by Reuters.
Clark said Amazon is ready to use its operations, information technology and communication skills and expertise to “support your administration’s vaccination efforts.” He added that Amazon has an agreement with an outside healthcare provider to deliver vaccines on-site at the company’s warehouses.
The letter comes because Amazon has requested that its frontline workers have priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Last month, Clark wrote to a panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking the frontline workers to “get the Covid-19 vaccine as early as possible.” Clark also stressed that Amazon’s frontline workers have played an essential role in helping consumers get home the products they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is the full letter Clark sent to Biden on Wednesday:
Dear President Biden,
Congratulations to you and Vice President Harris on your inauguration. As you begin your work leading the country out of the Covid-19 crisis, Amazon is ready to help you meet your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your government.
As the second largest employer in the country, Amazon has over 800,000 employees in the United States, most of whom are key workers unable to work from home. We pride ourselves on the role our employees have played in helping customers stay safe and get critical products and services at home. This is vital for people with underlying illnesses and for people who are prone to complications from Covid-19. Essential employees who work at Amazon fulfillment centers, AWS data centers, and Whole Foods Market branches across the country and cannot work from home should receive the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible. We will support you in this.
We have an agreement with a licensed third party occupational health provider to deliver vaccines on-site at our Amazon facilities. We stand ready to act quickly as soon as vaccines become available. Additionally, we are ready to use our operations, information technology and communication skills and expertise to aid your administrators’ vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to immediately make a significant impact in the fight against Covid-19 and we are ready to assist you in that endeavor.
Since the beginning of this crisis, we have worked hard to protect our workers. We are committed to helping your administration’s vaccination efforts and we are working together to protect our employees and continue to provide vital services during the pandemic.
With best regards,
CEO, Worldwide Consumer