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Jeff Bezos Ordered Millions of Masks for Amazon Employees

Jeff Bezos Ordered Millions of Masks for Amazon Employees

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos published a letter to employees on Saturday in which he revealed the company had placed orders for millions of face masks for employees who cannot work from home and who are providing a vital service to people everywhere – an obvious reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

Very few of those orders have been filled due to short supply globally, he wrote, as supplies are being directed by governments to facilities like hospitals and clinics.

“It’s easy to understand why the incredible medical providers serving our communities need to be first in line,” he said. “When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people.”

“People are depending on us,” Bezos told employees, and wrote, “I’m not alone in being grateful for the work you are doing.”

He predicted things were going to get worse before they got better, and wrote, “Much of the essential work we do cannot be done from home. We’ve implemented a series of preventative health measures for employees and contractors at our sites around the world.”

He said Amazon has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning.

And he said Amazon has adjusted its practices in fulfillment centers to ensure the recommended social distancing guidelines.

You can find Bezos’s full letter on the AboutAmazon.com blog.

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3 thoughts on “Jeff Bezos Ordered Millions of Masks for Amazon Employees”

  1. How is it the Chinese are able to have masks for its millions of citizens (in Wuhan)? That’s always amazed me that the Chinese can stockpile or manufacture masks and we can’t. I just learned that our medical equipment and mask supply chain came from overseas (China) and we don’t manufacture the PPEs here. Well, we do now it seems after DJT invoked the Defense Production Act.
    I also notice the Chinese are shipping supplies to other countries as far away as Africa, and we’re here begging for supplies.
    Something aint right.

  2. FYI, before donating to African countries – whose people also need supplies – Alibaba Foundation delivered 500,000 test kits and 1 million masks to the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It’s delivering all around the globe, including other Asian countries.

  3. It was just announced at a White House briefing that Hanes volunteered and will be making covid-19 masks. At that briefing, DJT said American companies with the resources to help are stepping up and volunteering. He wants to hold off on a DPA and use that primarily for smaller issues along the supply chain. Honeywell also has stepped up and announced it will be expanding its Rhode Island facility to make N-95 masks.

    IBM said its Summit supercomputer has enabled researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee to screen 8,000 compounds to find those that are most likely to bind to the main “spike” protein of the coronavirus, rendering it unable to infect host cells. “They were able to discover the 77 most promising small-molecule drug compounds that should now be experimentally tested. This is the power of accelerating discovery through computation.”

    These are just the few that come to mind. The DPA can always be invoked, if needed, for individual situations. With the best and foremost companies stepping up to the plate – it’s the best kind of over-the-top teamwork. American ingenuity got us this far. It will get us through again without dictatorial takeovers.

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