Coronavirus: Amazon offers COVID-19 vaccine help to Biden; read the full letter

In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Amazon on Wednesday offered its vast resources to help the newly inaugurated 46th president of the United States boost the national effort to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As you begin your work leading the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, wrote in the letter, first reported on by Reuters after viewing the correspondence.

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In the letter, Clark said the online retail behemoth is poised to leverage its operations, information technology and communications expertise and capabilities to “assist your administration’s vaccination efforts,” CNBC reported.

He also noted that the company has partnered with a third-party health care provider to administer on-site vaccinations to employees across its stable of warehouses, the network reported.

The full text of Clark’s letter to Biden is available below.

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 stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration.

As the nation’s second-largest employer, Amazon has over 800,000 employees in the United States, most of whom are essential workers who cannot work from home. We are proud of the role our employees have played to help customers stay safe and received important products and services at home, which is critical for people with underlying medical conditions and those susceptible to complications from Covid-19. 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. We will assist them in that effort.

We have an agreement in place with a licensed third-party occupational health care provider to administer vaccines on-site at our Amazon facilities. We are prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available. Additionally, 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.

Since the beginning of this crisis, we have worked hard to keep our workers safe. We are committed to assisting your administration’s vaccination efforts as we work together to protect our employees and continue to provide essential services during the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Dave Clark

CEO, Worldwide Consumer


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