Amazon is offering assistance to President Biden with the deployment of the COVID vaccine while seeking to have its employees vaccinated “as soon as possible.”
In a letter written to Biden and dated Wednesday, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Dave Clark said the e-commerce giant was ready to leverage its operations to help immunize 100 million Americans over the years. First 100 days of the presidential administration.
“Our scale allows us to have a significant impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we are ready to assist you in that effort,” Clark wrote.
The letter also calls for the vaccination of Amazon employees, many of whom are essential workers, as soon as possible.
“Critical employees working in 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 as soon as possible,” Clark writes.
Amazon says it has entered into an agreement with a licensed third-party occupational health care provider to offer vaccines to employees on site.
The online retail giant has served as a lifeline for many Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as people spent time in quarantine and increasingly relied on home delivery . To keep up with demand, Amazon has launched multiple hiring rounds, announcing recently in September that it would be hiring 100,000 workers to meet the surge of holiday online shopping.
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