Amazon wants to help distribute coronavirus vaccines

Amazon wants to help distribute coronavirus vaccines

The E-commerce company - which was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 - has written a letter to new US President Joe Biden, saying it's ready to assist the government with its rollout of the vaccine.

In a letter to Biden, the company said it was ready to "leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise" to assist in the rollout.

Amazon added:

"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."

The online retailer has come under fire since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with one US union accusing the company of allowing the virus to "spread like wildfire" in its warehouses.

Amazon, on the other hand, has defended its response to the health crisis, saying it's invested $4 billion in coronavirus initiatives. Last year, meanwhile, saw Jeff Bezos become the first person to be worth $200 billion.

The Amazon CEO reached the milestone in August, when it was revealed that his net worth had rocketed by $4.9 billion amid the pandemic. At the time, the Amazon boss was reported to be worth an eye-watering $204.6 billion.

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