Amazon said it is ready to help President Biden achieve its goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans against COVID-19 in the first 100 days of the presidency. In a letter to the new government on Wednesday,
Dave Clark, the head of the tech giant’s retail operations, said that the company and its Whole Foods subsidiary had reached an agreement with a licensed third-party occupational health care provider. The agreement, the vaccine can be administered on-site at Amazon’s factory.
Clark said in the letter: “Once there is a vaccine, we are ready to act quickly.” “Besides, we are ready to use our operations, information technology, and communication capabilities and expertise to assist your competent authority in the vaccination work.”
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) January 20, 2021
Last year, after Amazon decided to withdraw hazard fees and unlimited unpaid leave during the pandemic, employees’ health and safety responses to the virus came under fire.
That October, Amazon publicly reported that the total number of coronavirus cases among its frontline US employees was close to 20,000. The report was released at the urging of employees and 13 state attorneys general.
Before taking office, Biden criticized the previous administration’s efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine and said he planned to ask Congress for US$400 billion part of the US$1.9 trillion economic rescue plan) to stimulate the vaccination process.
Biden also plans to activate the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard to help provide COVID-19 vaccines to millions of Americans.