Amazon offers to help President Biden with vaccine rollout

There have been over 400,000 COVID-19-related deaths

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Amazon wasted no time offering assistance to newly sworn-in President Joe Biden.

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The CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, Dave Clark, sent out a letter to the president just hours after he was sworn in on Wednesday requesting to help with the national distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

“We are prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available,” wrote Clark in a letter obtained by NBC News. He hopes the letter will push along the federal effort to fight COVID-19.

There have been over 400,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States.

Clark also put in a request that employees of Amazon and its partners like Whole Foods “who cannot work from home” have access to the vaccine “at the earliest appropriate time.”

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“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,” he wrote.

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

Amazon has agreements with licensed third-party health care providers to distribute the vaccine at its facilities.

New studies continue to reveal sobering information about the virus. As previously reported by theGrio, the long-term consequences of coronavirus infection continue to come to light as the virus rages on throughout the world since it was first discovered early in 2020.

A new study conducted in the United Kingdom found that nearly a third of patients who recovered from COVID-19 were hospitalized again within five months, and one in eight recovered patients died from complications of the virus within months. 

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The results of the study were originally published in The Telegraph, a newspaper out of Great Britain. It found that out of 47,780 people who were discharged from the hospital, 29.45 of them were readmitted within 140 days. Of those, 12.3% later died. 

Additional reporting by Biba Adams.

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