Amazon Offers Vaccine Distribution Aid to Biden Administration

Headline Roundup January 21st, 2021

Amazon offered to help the Biden administration with its COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in a letter sent to President Joe Biden on Wednesday. In the letter, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Dave Clark wrote that “we are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts.” Clark also wrote that Amazon’s “essential employees” who cannot work from home “should receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time.” Biden has pledged to vaccinate 100 million Americans in his first 100 days, in part by using the Defense Production Act, which authorizes the president to require businesses to prioritize contracts deemed necessary for national defense.

Coverage in some right-rated outlets, particularly Fox News, focused on the timing of Amazon's offer at the beginning of Biden's term. Coverage in some left-rated outlets, particularly CNN, focused on Clark’s request to prioritize essential Amazon workers for vaccination. However, most coverage on all sides focused on the letter itself and the promise of assistance.

Amazon Offers Vaccine Distribution Aid to Biden Administration

From the Center
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Amazon's worldwide consumer CEO Dave Clark has offered to help the Biden administration with its coronavirus vaccination goals by mobilizing efforts to inoculate its employees, according to a letter sent to President Biden on Wednesday.

Why it matters: As demand for the coronavirus vaccine is outstripping supply, Amazon has about 800,000 employees, many of whom are essential workers. The Biden administration wants to vaccinate 100 million Americans in 100 days.

Amazon also offered up any technologies, communications and personnel to the White House to help move along tracking and vaccinations.

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From the Left
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Amazon wasted no time to reach out to newly installed US President Joe Biden about prioritizing its essential workers in his administration's vaccine distribution plans.

In a letter sent to Biden Wednesday, Amazon (AMZN) executive Dave Clark wrote that the company "stands ready to assist" in vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days, as Biden has pledged to do.
As part of that offer, Clark highlighted that Amazon has more than 800,000 US-based employees — most of whom work in essential roles at Amazon fulfillment centers, AWS...

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From the Right
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Shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office Wednesday, Amazon congratulated him on his inauguration and offered their extensive resources to help the new administration in its vaccination effort.

"As you begin your work leading the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration," Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, wrote in a letter to Biden Wednesday.

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