Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday offered assistance to the US government to accelerate the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, in a letter addressed to President Joe Biden.
Joe Biden took oath as the 46th President of the United States of America respectively at the 59th Presidential inauguration ceremony.
This move comes into light when the new U.S. president has laid out a goal of delivering 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office.
Dave Clark, head of Amazon’s global consumer business, sent a letter to Biden requesting its staff to be vaccinated as soon as possible and promising to put the company’s resources to use in the wider vaccination campaign.
“We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts,” Clark said.
Amazon has an agreement with a healthcare provider to administer vaccines at its facilities and will move forward once doses are available, Dave Clark, said in the letter.
“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”
In the United States, The company has more than 800,000 employees. As of September, more than 19,000 U.S. staff at Amazon had contracted the virus, signifying the value of the vaccine to keep its employees safe and operating warehouses.
“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.