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    Carolyn Crist

    Carolyn Crist is a Georgia-based journalist specializing in health, medicine, business, and education. In addition to WebMD, she contributes regularly to other news outlets and websites. Credits include Reuters, Psychology Today, AARP, U.S. News & World Report, and Wired. Previously, she was a newspaper staff reporter. She holds a master’s degree in health and medical journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, where she now teaches journalism classes as a part-time instructor.

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    Amazon Offers Help with Biden COVID Vaccine Plan

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    WebMD Health News Brief

    Jan. 22, 2021 -- Amazon has offered to help President Joe Biden’s Administration with the national distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

    Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, sent a letter to Biden after the inauguration Wednesday to extend the offer.

    “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,” Clark wrote.

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

    Clark also said Amazon has an agreement with a third-party occupational health care provider to administer vaccines on-site at Amazon facilities. He emphasized that Amazon workers and Whole Foods workers who have provided essential grocery and delivery services during the pandemic and can’t work from home “should receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time.”

    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. She didn’t say whether Amazon offered to help former President Donald Trump with vaccine distribution.

    “Since the beginning of this crisis, we have worked hard to keep our workers safe,” Clark wrote. “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.”

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