In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Amazon executive Dave Clark said the Seattle tech giant wants to help the Biden administration reach its goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the next 100 days.
Clark, the CEO of the company’s consumer business, said Amazon has an agreement with a licensed third-party occupational healthcare provider to administer COVID-19 vaccines at its facilities.
“We are prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available,” Clark wrote. “Additionally, we are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. 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.”
Clark said Amazon employees who can’t work from home — such as those at fulfillment centers, Amazon Web Services data centers, or Whole Foods stores — should be vaccinated “at the earliest appropriate time.”
The U.S. is struggling with vaccine supply gaps,Reutersreported last week.
Here’s the letter in full:
Dear President Biden,
Congratulations to you and Vice President Harris on your inauguration. 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 ofyour administration.
作为全国第二大雇主,亚马逊公顷s over 800,000 employees in the United States, most of whom are essential workers who cannot work from home. We are proud of the role our employees have played to help customers stay safe and receive important products and services at home, which is critical for people with underlying medical conditions and those susceptible to complications from COVID-19. 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.
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.
CEO, Worldwide Consumer
Conditions for Amazon warehouse workers have been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from employee activists and politicians. Amazon has implementedsafety measuresin warehouses and fulfillment centers to help manage COVID-19 cases, andis conducting thousands of tests per day. The companysaid in October that more than 19,000 workers had tested positiveor been presumed positive for COVID-19, which it described as lower than the rate of positive cases in the general population.
Amazon has boomed during the pandemic as millions turn to its e-commerce and cloud computing services over the past year. Amazon set revenue records for the third quarter 2020 and it is expected to report its first $100 billion quarter for the holiday period. Its stock price is up 70% over the past year.
To support its growth, Amazon has been在a massive hiring spree, adding more than 400,000 positions in 2020 alone. Amazon now employs a whopping 1.13 million people worldwide, up 50% from last year.
It is also continuing to build out its own logistics network, buying up planes, trucks, and more warehouses. The company grew its fulfillment capacity by 50% last year.
Amazon’s COVID-19 expense surpassed $7.5 billion through the third quarter and it expects to incur another $4 billion in COVID-19-related costs during the fourth quarter. The cost calculation includes money spent to help keep employees safe; additional pay for workers; and more.
亚马逊不包括在华盛顿州的业务联盟中，这些企业是新华盛顿州疫苗指挥和协调中心的一部分。联盟包括星巴克，Costco和Microsoft，它正在为国家提供技术专长和支持，while also turning its Redmond, Wash. campus into a mass vaccination site.