Amazon said that it offers its colossal operation network and advanced technologies in assisting President Joe Biden in its vow to get 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations to Americans in his first 100 days in office. A letter was sent addressed to the President from Amazon CEO of Worldwide consumer Dave Clark stating the help it offers. The company mentions that is ready to offer operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist the cause since Amazon’s size will allow the meaningful impact to be made in no time in this fight against COVID-19.
“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,” Clark wrote in the letter, which was dated Wednesday (Jan. 20). Clark also said in the letter that the company has a deal with an occupational health care provider to give vaccines at its facilities.
This step by the company is taken after it comes out in the news that Starbucks will help Washington state with the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Starbucks has assigned duties to 11 staffers with knowledge in labor and deployment, operations and research and development to full-time distribute the vaccine there. Those individuals have who are assigned to work on distributing the vaccine will harness the coffee company’s digital simulation technology to expedite vaccinations. The aim of the collaboration is to make a formidable vaccine distribution network across the state’s almost 40 counties and 30 tribal nations.
As far as Amazon is concerned to carry out this function, it has already arranged a licensed third-party occupational health care provider to give vaccines on-site at its facilities for its employees when they become available. The company has more than 800,000 employees in the United States, Clark wrote, most of whom essential workers who cannot work from home and should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Biden will sign 10 pandemic-related executive orders on Thursday, his second day in office, but the administration says efforts to supercharge the rollout of vaccines have been hindered by lack of cooperation from the Trump administration during the transition. They say they don’t have a complete understanding of the previous administrations’ actions on vaccine distribution. Biden is also depending on Congress to provide $1.9 trillion for economic relief and COVID-19 response. There is a litany of complaints from states that say they are not getting enough vaccine even as they are being asked to vaccinate a broader swath of Americans.