Amazon moves to create own Covid-19 Testing Labs for Employees

Amazon is preparing to establish its own facility to test the workers for coronavirus as the giant e-commerce deals with pandemic health concerns. The online retail chief, who has started the year with some 750,000 employees and is rising, said the virus had begun "building incremental testing capacity."
 

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 20:22 IST

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"A team of Amazonians with a range of expertise-from research scientists and program managers to procurement experts and software engineers-moved to work on this project from their usual day jobs to a dedicated team," the company said in a blog post late Thursday.

"We have started assembling the equipment that we need to build our first laboratory and expect to start soon evaluating small numbers of our frontline employees."

Amazon said it was making a move because of a lack of testing that can confirm infections and concerns that the disease will spread to people without symptoms.

"We're not sure how far we're going to go in the appropriate timeframe, but we think it's worth trying, and we're prepared to share something we're learning with others," the firm said.

In a number of its warehouses, Amazon is known to have had COVID-19 cases and has seen employee demonstrations and walkouts in some of them to press for safety improvements.

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