- Joe Biden will get Amazon’s support in reaching the target of COVID vaccinations.
- Amazon is focusing to supply vaccines from its own facilities.
- The company also promised additional support to the Biden administration.
Amazon has promised to help the Biden administration reach its target of achieving 100 million coronavirus vaccinations. Amazon’s size enables it to quickly make a major impact in the battle against COVID-19. Also, the company stands ready to assist Biden in this endeavor. Dave Clark, the worldwide operations leader of Amazon, wrote a letter to the administration.
The key focus of the organization seems to be in supplying vaccines from its own facilities. Amazon has “an agreement in place” to administer vaccines on-site with a health care provider, says Clark. But, he did not specify the Amazon facilities were being considered. The organization runs warehouses, Amazon-branded outlets, and grocery stores with Whole Foods. Clark said Amazon will move rapidly once there are vaccines available.
Amazon’s additional support to the Biden administration
Amazon may also provide technology and communications services, to assist the new administration. “We are ready to leverage our activities, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to help the vaccination efforts of your administration,” Clark wrote in the letter addressed to Biden. The letter was first mentioned by Reuters.
The completion of the “last mile” of delivery, bringing vaccines from manufacturers to patients, is among the challenges of getting the US vaccinated. Distribution initiatives in the US have recently been complicated by uncertainty about who is registered and interrupted access to vaccine sign-ups and appointments.
Of course, Amazon has one of the most comprehensive delivery networks in the United States, designed to ship packages quickly from warehouses around the nation. The offer marks a stark contrast to the relationship between Amazon and the previous administration. The continuing grudge of former President Donald Trump against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos compromised it. Trump has also taken a comparatively hands-off approach to federal intervention in the delivery of vaccinations, making states largely accountable.
Amazon focuses on its Employees
Conditions for warehouse employees at Amazon have been the focus of employee advocates and lawmakers’ attention and criticism. Amazon has introduced safety measures in warehouses and fulfillment centers in order to better handle COVID-19 cases. It is performing thousands of checks every day. In October, the company announced that more than 19,000 employees had tested positive or were suspected to be positive for COVID-19, which it identified as lower than the general population’s rate of positive cases.
As millions have switched to their e-commerce and cloud computing services over the past year, Amazon has boomed throughout the pandemic. Amazon has set sales records For the third quarter of 2020. And it expects to announce the first $100 billion quarter for the holiday season. Over the past year, the stock price has risen 70 percent.
Amazon has been on a huge hiring spree to sustain its expansion, adding more than 400,000 positions in 2020 alone. Amazon currently employs a whopping 1.13 million employees, up 50% from last year, worldwide.