Amazon revolutionized the way products are delivered in the United States introducing a fleet of vehicles that allowed 2-day delivery to become commonplace.
The global e-commerce company is now offering its delivery methods to President Joe Biden as he attempts to meet his campaign promise of 100 million vaccines within his first 100 days of office.
In a letter signed by Amazon CEO David Clark, the company offered its delivery armada to the new administration.
“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,” the letter said. “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.”
The letter also makes clear that Clark believes that Amazon employees should be deemed essential and receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
Clark said in the letter that Amazon already has an agreement with a third-party occupational health care provider to administer vaccines on-site at its facilities. The company just needs to obtain the vaccine.
“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 letter said. “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.”
According to Clark, Amazon employs more than 800,000 people as the second largest employer in the United States.
As of Thursday morning, about 14 million Americans have received the first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about 2 million people have received both doses.
In Massachusetts more than 288,000 residents have received the first dose with about 42,000 having received both doses, according to the CDC.
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