Jan 20, 2021 - Health

Amazon offers to help Biden administration with COVID vaccine efforts

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the White House with Jill Biden in 2016. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amazon's worldwide consumer CEO Dave Clark has offered to help the Biden administration with its coronavirus vaccination goals by mobilizing efforts to inoculate its employees, according to a letter sent to President Biden on Wednesday.

Why it matters: As demand for the coronavirus vaccine is outstripping supply, Amazon has about 800,000 employees, many of whom are essential workers. The Biden administration wants to vaccinate 100 million Americans in 100 days.

  • Amazon also offered up any technologies, communications and personnel to the White House to help move along tracking and vaccinations.

What they're saying: "Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal," the letter says.

  • "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. We will assist them in that effort."
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