Amazon.com has teamed up with a research program, which is funded by Bill Gates in order to pick up and deliver coronavirus test kits in Seattle, stated by the e-commerce giant.
The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, a group of medical, public health and research organisations, is working towards collecting nasal swabs from a sample of people across King County and Seattle in order to learn how the infection is spreading in the areas. The area has been selected as King County, the part of Washington state is one of the worst-hit places by the outbreak in the United States.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 33,453 cases of coronavirus in the country, which is an increase of 18,185 cases from its previous count, and said the death toll had risen by 199 to 400.
Amazon Care, the e-commerce giant’s arm that provides medical care to employees, along with other delivery partners, have decided to provide infrastructure and logistics services to the effort, according to the media.
Companies like United Parcel Service and FedEx have arms that specialise in such shipments, which require special handling, including temperature controls, but not sure if they are yet a part of the effort. This move, according to media, is limited to Amazon Care and does not involve its broader delivery network.