The American multinational Amazon.com, Inc has reported in a letter to President Joe Biden that they want to help with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
The world’s largest online retailer has an agreement with a healthcare provider to administer vaccines and will move forward as soon as doses are available, said Dave Clark in the letter, CEO of Amazon’s global consumer company.
In addition to offering the vaccine to Amazon employees, Clark added, “We are willing to use our information technology, communication capabilities and expertise to support your administration’s vaccination efforts.”
The offer comes after Biden became the 46th president of the US on Wednesday. The president has set a goal to deliver some 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office, an endeavor that Amazon wants to support. Clark congratulated Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration.
Amazon did not provide details on the concrete form their assistance could take. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vaccine rollout to date.
The company employs more than 800,000 people in the United States, making it the second largest private employer behind Walmart Inc. More than 19,000 American employees at Amazon had contracted the virus since September, underscoring the importance of the vaccine for the safety and storage of its personnel.