Amazon Contacts Reagent Manufacturers To Screen Employees For New Coronavirus Infections

By | April 5, 2020

Netease Technology News, April 5th, according to foreign media reports, the internal meeting records of Amazon seen by the disclosure agency show that the company has contacted the CEOs of two new coronavirus pneumonia test reagent manufacturers to consider Carry out virus infection screening to reduce the risk of infection of its warehouse employees.

The internal meeting minutes of Amazon indicate that the chief executives of the two manufacturers of virus detection products, Abbott Laboratories and Thermo Fisher Scientific, told Amazon they are willing to cooperate with Amazon, although According to the requirements of the US government, it is under pressure to provide virus detection reagent products to the entire United States.

In addition, whether such a test can be started in at least one warehouse near its Seattle headquarters is also a topic discussed at Amazon’s internal meetings. The specifics of the company’s warehouse near Seattle are currently unclear. The nature of Amazon ’s dialogue with test reagent manufacturers and the specific assistance they may provide is unclear.

The document also pointed out that Amazon is studying the ability to screen multiple people for viral infections at once, and it also hopes to cooperate with a medical organization to conduct viral infection tests. However, Amazon did not provide more details about being able to screen multiple people for virus infection at a time, and which medical institution to cooperate with.

Abbott confirmed in a statement issued on Saturday local time that Amazon and some other companies have contacted it to provide their employees with virus infection detection.

An Abbott spokesperson said, “We know that it ’s important to keep the workforce in several industries safe, but as we said, we have now made the medical frontline workforce in the virus-affected areas a priority, working specifically with the White House Team, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state governments to ensure that they can detect viral infections in these severely affected areas. “

In response to the above information, Thermo Fisher Scientific did not respond to requests for comment from the media, and Amazon declined to comment.

According to media reports, from next week, Amazon will issue masks and perform temperature tests to all its warehouse employees in the United States and Europe.

However, according to Amazon’s internal meeting records, in the long run, Amazon hopes to test employees for virus infections, and hopes that other companies will follow suit. The meeting minutes also stated that Amazon ’s chief legal counsel criticized the company ’s dismissal of an employee on Monday who organized a strike by employees in his warehouse because of a colleague ’s infection.

The minutes of these meetings indicate that, based on the importance of their operations and support of the US economy, the implementation of employee virus testing is highly valued by Amazon; how to initiate virus infection screening and how to deal with the lack of testing reagents and other issues are all internal meetings. The subject of discussion.

Amazon has increased its attempts to screen employees for viral infections, just as some of the company ’s warehouses have discovered cases of viral infections, employees are increasingly worried that they will be infected with viruses at work. Amazon has at least 19 warehouses in the United States and has reported that employees have been infected with COVID-19.

So far, more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, and more than 58,000 people have died from this epidemic. After Europe, Italy, Spain and other countries, the United States has now become the new epicenter of the new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic. The cumulative number of patients diagnosed in the United States has exceeded 300,000, and the total number of deaths has exceeded 8,000.

Abbott ’s testing reagents have the medical test and diagnosis qualification in the United States, and the test results can be produced within a few minutes, and are used in medical offices and other community health care institutions. Thermo Fisher Scientific ’s testing reagents have also been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The type of test Amazon is considering, whether it is a viral infection diagnostic test or an antibody test for the purpose of determining whether it has immunity, is currently unclear.

In fact, Amazon pays more and more attention to health care. The company announced two years ago that it had established a joint venture company Haven with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, aiming to reduce employees’ healthcare costs.

At the same time, other retailers, including competitor Wal-Mart, are also collaborating with the White House on employee prevention measures.

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