E-commerce giant Amazon has sent a letter to newly elected US President Joe Biden and has offered him assistance in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a sharp change in Amazon’s treacherous relationship with the previous United States President Donald Trump.
In its letter to Joe Biden, Amazon worldwide CEO Dave Clark stated how Amazon “stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of distributing 100 million vaccines.” It should be noted that the COVID-19 vaccination has been the top priority for Biden. President Biden has also vowed to distribute a 100 million vaccine does in his first 100 days at the White House.
Clark also wrote how Amazon is “prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination effort,”
Clark also acknowledged the scale at which Amazon operates and how it can be helpful in the President’s fight against the virus.
He wrote, “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.”
In his letter, Clark mentioned how Amazon has plans to safely administer vaccines at its own facilities and offices once the vaccines are made available to them. Amazon currently is the second-biggest employer in the United States of America.
“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,” wrote Clark.
The potential partnership between the e-commerce giant and the White House will be the absolute opposite from how it was when Trump was in the White House. Throughout the course of his Presidency, Trump openly attacked Amazon, and its CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Meanwhile, the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the US has been seeing difficult logistical challenges. Thanks to the insufficient supply, a number of states in the US have been facing shortages in vaccine administration. On Wednesday, New York City ended up canceling 23,000 vaccination appointments due to inexplicable issues in the delivery of Moderna vaccines. The city had also previously warned its residents that it was almost on the brink of running out of vaccines.
Joe Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th US President this week, had announced an elaborate vaccination plan earlier during his campaign. Biden plans to invoke the Defense Production Act due to which production of vaccine-related supplies like syringes and vials will see a significant increase. He has also planned to mobilize the Federal Emergency Management Agency along with the National Guard. Finally, he will be setting up around 100-federally operated vaccination sites by the end of the first month of his tenure.