The incoming CEO of Amazon’s retail unit wrote that the company is ‘ready to leverage our operations, information technology and communications capabilities and expertise’ to immunize people.
Amazon.com Inc. is offering to help the Biden administration accelerate the delivery of Kovid-19 vaccines, including its own staff.
In a letter on Wednesday, Dave Clark, the incoming chief executive of Amazon’s retail unit, offered his congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
He reiterated a request made last month to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stating that among the company’s more than 800,000 American employees, frontline workers “receive vaccines at the earliest appropriate time.”
Even as Amazon’s white-collar corporate workforce at its Seattle headquarters and other offices from home, the company’s warehouses, cloud-computing data centers, and Whole Foods Market stores have remained open through the epidemic.
Clarke said that Amazon has a contract with an occupational health provider that administers vaccines at its facilities.
“We are ready to leave quickly after vaccines are available,” he wrote.
Reuters reported on the first letter on Wednesday.
“Additionally, we are ready to leverage our operations, information technology and communications capabilities and expertise to assist with your administration’s vaccination efforts,” Clarke went on.
“Our scale allows us to immediately have a meaningful impact in the fight against disease,” he wrote.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television earlier this month, Jay Carney, a former Biden employee who now runs Amazon’s policy and communications teams, said the company offered assistance to executives working on the president’s transition was.
“We have made suggestions, our experiences, and we are open to any ideas that the administration may have, how the incoming administration may have, how we can help,” he said.
The Amazon is under pressure from regulators and Congress over its growing power, and it is unclear whether the Biden administration will pursue that investigation.
As the virus began to spread throughout the US, America’s second-largest private sector employer has made major adjustments to its spread logistics network to accommodate social spread.
Still, Amazon said last year that some of its 20,000 employees tested positive for the virus in the first six months. Some employees, lawmakers and labor officials have criticized Amazon’s response to the crisis as inadequate.