Amazon Offers Pop-Up Clinic as State Tries to Speed Vaccines

Ruben Fields
January 23, 2021

"Big Tech has been in bed with government, funded by government, and involved in any number of policy decisions for very many years, regardless of which particular party was in power".

"So the incoming Biden administration felt it was important to set what was described as a bold and ambitious goal at the time, and many doubted we could even get there".

"We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination efforts", Amazon executive Dave Clark wrote in a letter expressing the company's intentions to assist in the vaccine rollout.

Amazon is opening a pop-up clinic in Seattle to oversee Covid-19 vaccines. "Our scale allows us to have a significant impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we are ready to help you in that effort". Amazon did communicate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the sources alleged that no letter or formal offer was made.

The offer marks a stark contrast to Amazon's relationship with the previous administration, which was strained by former President Donald Trump's ongoing grudge against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Officials have been banking on the arrival of their AstraZeneca orders next month to speed up bloc-wide vaccinations. AstraZeneca has blamed " reduced yields at a manufacturing site within our European supply chain ".

Last month, Amazon was "in touch" with the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, Jodi Seth, an Amazon representative, told NBC News.

An Amazon representative pointed to Clark's letter dated December 16 sent to the CDC advisory board on immunization practices regarding coronavirus vaccine distribution.

Critics on both the left and the right of the political spectrum have wondered why the company seemed to have waited for Democrat Biden to take office before offering assistance to the federal government. He specifies those "who can not work from home" should receive the vaccine "at the most appropriate time".

Several countries are considering ways to stretch scarce supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, including by delaying dosing intervals or reducing dose sizes. That's if the current pace of vaccine distribution - 914,000 per day - is maintained.

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