Amazon wants to help Biden administration with Covid-19 vaccinations

Last Updated: January 21, 2021

With Biden and its administration coming into power yesterday, Amazon has offered to help them and its goal of completing 100 million coronavirus vaccinations within the next 100 days.

“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,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s worldwide operations leader, wrote in a letter to the administration.

It seems that Amazon will be offering vaccinations through its own facilities. Clark addresses that Amazon has “an agreement in place” with a health care provider to administer vaccinations on-site, though he did not say which Amazon facilities were or are being considered. Then he continued by saying that Amazon can “move quickly once vaccines are available.”

According to Amazon’s worldwide operations leader, the company could also provide technology and communications resources to help the new administration.

“We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts.”

“we Are Prepared To Move Quickly Once Vaccines Are Available.”

Among the challenges of getting people vaccinated, distribution and storage of the vaccines bring another challenge of its own. Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines need to be transported while frozen, with Pfizer’s requiring ultra-cold storage, at about -70° C (-94° F).

Once they get to a facility, they need to be stored and quickly distributed. Amazon has one of the most expansive distribution systems in the world, designed to rapidly ship packages from warehouses across countries and cities.

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