We’re helping to ensure that our employees and their communities have access to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. Here are some of the ways we’re stepping up:
- Amazon is helping vaccinate thousands of people through pop-up clinics in Washington State and Florida. View photos.
- We’re lending support to President Joe Biden’s administration in its effort to vaccinate 100 million people in the first 100 days of his presidency. Full story.
- Amazon is advocating for COVID-19 vaccinations for our front-line employees, including team members working in fulfillment and data centers, and at Whole Foods Market stores. Details here.
- We quickly ramped-up onsite COVID-19 testing for employees thanks to the ingenuity of our fast-moving response team–and we’re sharing what we learned. Story here.
Amazon is also heavily invested in supporting employees, customers, and communities during the pandemic, from enhancing safety measures to increasing paid time-off. Here are a few examples:
- We provided more than $2.5 billion in bonuses and incentives for our teams globally in 2020. Full details.
- We made over 150 process updates, including enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures, and implemented disinfectant spraying and temperature checks across operations worldwide.
- Amazon distributed personal protective gear, including millions of masks for employees.
- An employee diagnosed with COVID-19 receives up to two weeks of paid time off—in addition to other paid and unpaid time off options. And we ensure Amazon employees receive comprehensive health benefits starting on Day 1 of employment
- We established a $25 million relief fund for partners, such as delivery drivers, and seasonal associates facing financial hardship or quarantine.
- With an eye on customers, Amazon is vigorously combating price gouging to ensure fair pricing and fight entities seeking to profit off the COVID-19 crisis.
- We’re also looking ahead to help upskill America’s workforce. Details here.
Amazon employees volunteer to help COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Arizona
The Amazon Fulfillment Center team in Tucson, Arizona, has launched a four-week volunteer commitment to support the community distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The drive-through clinic opened in mid-January as part of a larger effort to set up several vaccination sites in southern Arizona. The clinic is expected to serve up to 150,000 eligible residents in the Tucson area. Nearly 20 Amazon employees committed to donating more than 2,000 volunteer hours to support registration, supply, and traffic coordination, and staff the post-vaccination observation area.
Amazon to deliver up to 2 million at-home COVID-19 test kits in Colorado
Amazon is supporting Colorado Governor Jared Polis in an initiative to deliver up to 2 million at-home COVID-19 test kits to teachers, staff, and selected students from public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services from across the state. Through Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will store the test kits in Amazon’s fulfillment center in Thornton, just north of Denver. Amazon will then deliver the kits directly to teachers, school staff, and selected students. Amazon Web Services worked with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to develop the system by using a health department portal that integrates with Amazon’s fulfillment network to manage orders. Read more.
Amazon pop-up clinics help vaccinate 4,600 in Seattle
Amazon and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health completed a second vaccination clinic on January 31 at the Amazon Meeting Center where 2,200 residents received their first shot. The previous Sunday, 2,400 received COVID-19 vaccinations. The clinics are part of Amazon’s effort to support communities and advocate for vaccinations for its front-line employees. Read more.
Amazon hosts another COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Seattle
Amazon is helping Virginia Mason Franciscan Health vaccinate 2,000 people who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can use the state’s Phase Finder online tool to check their eligibility and then sign-up on Virginia Mason’s waitlist for the January 31 vaccination clinic at the Amazon Meeting Center. More than 2,400 people received their first dose of the vaccine through a similar clinic on Amazon’s campus January 24.
An Amazon engineer’s invention helps keep front-line workers safe
Nick Franklin, an engineer who likes to solve common problems, has created a simple tool that makes a face mask more secure and comfortable to wear. Franklin’s product is now being used by Amazon employees and other front-line workers. Read his story here.
Amazon teams up with the Florida health department to administer vaccines
People age 65 and older are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in the Florida Panhandle thanks to a collaboration between Amazon and the Florida Department of Health-Lake County. Vaccinations are being administered at a drive-thru clinic on a first-come, first-served basis at an Amazon distribution site in Groveland. The site reached capacity its first day, about 40 minutes before the event began. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday until further notice. Vaccinations begin at 8 a.m. EST each day.
Vaccinations begin for Amazon front-line employees
Amazon employee Eunice Kim recently received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at an Arizona Department of Health vaccination event. Kim is an Amazon Pharmacy Fulfillment Trainer in Arizona. Amazon is not only working to ensure the health and safety of front-line employees, we are also committed to assisting local governments and public health officials in their vaccination efforts. Amazon is working with states nationwide to help vaccinate front-line workers and community members providing essential services during the pandemic.
Amazon supports Washington D.C. public school students with donation
Amazon and Amazon Web Services donated $125,000 in gift cards to the D.C. Public Education Fund to support D.C. public school students experiencing homelessness and increased need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to purchase basic needs supplies including food, clothing, and cleaning products.
Amazon helps vaccinate thousands in its hometown
A new pop-up clinic in Seattle is the latest in the company's multi-faceted pandemic response that has also included 1 million on-site COVID-19 tests for Amazon employees. Full details.
January 20, 2021
Amazon lends support to vaccinating its front-line employees
The essential employees working at Amazon fulfillment centers, AWS data centers, and Whole Foods Market stores across the country who cannot work from home should receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time. We will assist them in that effort. Read more.
Working on access to vaccines for our front-line teams
Read a letter from Dave Clark, SVP WW Operations, to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocating for vaccine access for front-line Amazon employees delivering for customers during the pandemic.
Upskilling the American workforce after COVID-19
Research from Accenture finds that one in three low-income American workers, if provided with access to training for new skills, have the potential to access higher income occupations that are forecasted to grow in the future. Read more.
Amazon recognizes front-line employees with additional bonus pay
With this announcement from SVP of Worldwide Operations, Dave Clark, Amazon has provided over $2.5 billion in bonuses and incentives for our teams globally in 2020. Full details.
Recognizing the 8,000 Amazon Reservists and National Guard members called to service during the pandemic
From serving as aircraft technicians transporting COVID-19 patients, to assembling essential COVID-19 test kits, Amazon employees across the U.S. have served 20,000 days in the Reserves and National Guard so far this year. With Amazon providing Military Leave of Absence to all eligible serving employees—including differential pay, continued healthcare coverage, and job protection—several employees have served more than once in 2020. Video and story here.
Updated work-from-home guidance
The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and it will be some time before things return to normal. Accordingly, work that can effectively be done from home can continue to be done from home through June 30, 2021.
Amazon update on COVID-19 testing
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Amazon supports film, TV and cinema workers with donation to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund in the UK
The Film and TV Charity is has announced a new COVID-19 Recovery Fund that will distribute up to ￡2 million to UK film, TV and cinema workers who have been hit hardest by COVID-19, helping to sustain them and their careers during and beyond the pandemic. The new Recovery Fund, founded with a ￡1 million donation from Amazon Prime Video, will seek to protect the industry's diverse talent pipeline by focusing on supporting those at greatest personal and professional risk as a result of the pandemic. Recent research commissioned by the charity has warned of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on some groups, especially those who may already face barriers to staying in the industry, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers, women, those living outside of London, and people living with disabilities. Read more.
Update on our response to COVID-19 in our fulfillment centers
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon, like many organizations, jumped into action to try to keep our associates safe by avoiding virus transmission at work. We’ve invested in new processes, personal protective equipment, technology, time off benefits, and intensified cleaning methods to keep people safe. Since the early stages of the outbreak, Amazon has been ahead of the curve in adopting new procedures based on the best available science. We’ve worked closely with world health and safety experts and scientists to understand the virus and prevent its spread. We have shared many of the ways we have changed our processes since the start of the pandemic, and today we want to share with you how we have trained and continue to train our teams around the world about how to stay safe at work and home. Learn more.
Amazon Web Services powers NIH COVID-19 data
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) announced the creation of the Coronavirus Genome Sequence Dataset to support COVID-19 research and management of the virus. The dataset is hosted by the AWS Open Data Sponsorship Program and accessible on the Registry of Open Data on AWS, providing researchers quick and easy access to coronavirus sequence data at no cost for use in their COVID-19 research.
Amazon opens the first Amazon Fresh Grocery Store in Woodland Hills, California and implements dozens of safety measures
Amazon Fresh grocery store—a new grocery store designed from the ground up to offer a seamless grocery shopping experience, whether customers are shopping in-store or online, opned today. We've applied the same safety measures in Amazon Fresh that we have in Whole Foods Market, such as requiring daily temperature checks for all employees; requiring face coverings for all employees and customers entering the store; offering free, disposable masks for any customer who wants one; operating the store at 50 percent capacity, and more. We’ve also added new features that further promote social distancing like the Amazon Dash Cart and Alexa shopping assistance. We continue to operate our Irvine, California and Northridge, California Amazon Fresh stores as temporary online-only stores, focused exclusively on fulfilling grocery delivery orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
Amazon Prime Video commits over $6 million to support the recovery of the European TV, film, and theatre production community
Donations will be made to emergency COVID-19 funds set up in countries across Europe to support the production community as it restarts production. The first confirmed awards from the fund include a ￡1 million donation in the UK to the Film and TV Charity’s COVID-19 Response to kick-start a new grants scheme to help the industry recover; and a ￡500,000 donation to the Theatre Community Fund, launched by Olivia Colman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody to provide hardship grants to theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. Learn more.
Fighting the pandemic with translation
How can people protect themselves from COVID-19 if they can't access important information about it in their local language? With that challenge in mind, AWS has joined the Translation Initiative for COVID-19 (TICO-19), to enable translation about the virus in 37 different languages, including languages spoken in underserved areas that lack access to real-time healthcare information. The Amazon Translate team joined experts from Appen, Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook, Johns Hopkins University, and Translators Without Borders, among others, to use machine learning technology to scale language translation. The newly open sourced language data sets will enable translators to do their work faster and more accurately and drive future machine translation research to help prepare us for the next crisis.
Amazon supports XPRIZE $5M Rapid COVID-19 Testing competition; joins XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance
To accelerate the development of high-quality COVID-19 testing, Amazon joined a coalition of partners to support XPRIZE, the world's leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity's grand challenges, in collaboration with OpenCovidScreen, a non-profit founded by scientists and business leaders to drive needed innovation through "Open Science." Together, they launched the $5 million XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing competition to incentivize solutions that are fast, low cost, and easy to use. In addition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) joined the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance to support entrepreneurs in uncovering and developing solutions for COVID-19 and pandemics broadly. As part of the alliance, AWS will collaborate with alliance members on select initiatives. Since 1994, XPRIZE has developed a proven track record of creating industry-changing technologies, galvanizing a generation of entrepreneurs, and helping spur new industries. We are pleased to support XPRIZE as an alliance member in this endeavor with a mutual recognition that the challenges we face with this pandemic require radical thinking, across a diverse set of focus areas. We look forward to adding our expertise to the alliance, helping advance compelling solutions in testing, diagnostics, and population health across business, government, and academia.
Amazon to donate 150,000 face shields and makes them available online at cost
Our face shields are now available at-cost on Amazon.com at a third less than the cost of all other reusable face shields currently available. Individuals and businesses large and small can make their own National Institutes of Health approved face shield by downloading the open sourced design package, suitable for both 3D printing and injection molding. Read more about the Prime Air innovation and scale behind these face shields.
Amazon Web Services extends offers to help employees collaborate from home
As the COVID-19 crisis began, AWS helped businesses and employees collaborate and work from home through Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon Chime. For Amazon Workspaces, new customers can use up to 50 WorkSpaces with the Windows Standard bundle, plus a collection of other WorkSpaces bundles for free. For Amazon Chime, customers have access to Amazon Chime Pro features at no cost to help employees communicate and collaborate from anywhere. These offers, originally posted in April, have been extended through September 30, 2020. Learn more here.
Amazon donates $10 million in critically-needed personal protective equipment
Amid a new shortage of supplies, Amazon donated 4.4 million masks and thousands of contactless thermometers to Direct Relief and Feeding America over the past several weeks. The masks and thermometers went to over 200 of Direct Relief's partner clinics and Feeding America member food banks and partner agencies in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amazon also donated over 273,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Feeding America network of food banks across the U.S. Learn more.
Amazon updates work-from-home guidance
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are extending the time frame for those who can do their job effectively from home to January 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Amazon’s corporate buildings are open and available to all employees. We continue to do everything we can to ensure a safe office environment including temperature screenings upon entry, physical distancing guidelines, providing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning protocols.
Helping small businesses apply for loan forgiveness
Nirveda Cognition, a startup powered by Amazon Web Services, uses artificial intelligence to turn data from documents to actionable insights. The company wanted to use its technology to help other businesses respond to the impacts of COVID-19. It built ALFA, a product designed to help small businesses more easily navigate the process of applying for loan forgiveness from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and improve their odds of converting the loan to a grant.
Amazon Web Services helps customers developing COVID-19 test result notification systems
Several AWS customers are working on ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by developing systems that can instantly notify patients of their test results and monitor how the virus is spreading. In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, NSW Health Pathology developed an SMS (text message) solution that reduced wait times for negative test results from 7 days to within hours of a patient taking a test. By automating this process, NSW Health Pathology has saved the equivalent of three years' worth of time—the time individually contacting tens of thousands of people with their negative test results would have taken. New Zealand’s Orion Health, which develops software to improve healthcare outcomes for more than 100 million patients, developed a pandemic monitoring platform to help providers identify and curate lists of patients—both COVID-19 negative and positive—who would benefit from active monitoring or care and tracking their ongoing progress.
Improving the COVID-19 patient experience
COVID-19 patients are often cut off from visitors, making it challenging to keep family members up-to-date on the health of their loved ones and leaving patients feeling isolated. AWS customers have stepped in to offer solutions, EASE Applications sends HIPAA-compliant text updates to families from the emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and medical floor. During the COVID-19 crisis, the company is using Amazon Chime SDK to incorporate two-way video communication into its mobile apps so that families of COVID-19 patients have reliable, remote communication with the patients and their doctors. CareMonitor, a provider of remote health monitoring, expanded its platform to monitor the daily health status of COVID-19 patients with low-level symptoms so they can recover from the virus in their own homes. In the CareMonitor app, patients are asked daily symptom questions and collect biometric data like temperature, heart rate and oxygen saturation to gauge their current health status. The app is integrated with Amazon Chime, a set of real-time communications components, to send messages and connect via video to health care providers. Current Health is enabling more than 40 hospitals and care facilities in the UK and U.S. to free up beds, applying its remote monitoring technology to track patients' vital signs outside of the hospital or clinic. Using a medical device that patients wear on their arms, clinicians can continuously monitor patients who are at risk of deteriorating, enabling them to perform triage and consult with patients over video. The Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea built a system on AWS to remotely monitor mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, enabling the medical team to determine if patients under quarantine need to be transferred to other hospitals for treatment.
Amazon Web Services supports Oregon communities with energy refund donation
AWS donated its $577,000 refund from the Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) to support Oregon electric utility customers, food banks, and students impacted by COVID-19. As a not-for-profit, member-owned company, UEC operates at cost, with net operating revenues returned to its customers in the form of cash refunds via the Capital Credits program. Learn more..
Quantifying the silent spread of COVID-19
We recently sat down for a conversation with Dr. Lucy Li, a data scientist at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, to discuss her latest research to estimate unreported COVID-19 cases. The research is supported by the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative, a global program to support organizations working to bring better, more accurate, diagnostics solutions to market faster.
Amazon donates more than $1.2 million in COVID-19 supplies in Ohio
Over the past few weeks, Amazon has supported donation of COVID-19 related supplies to over 20 local nonprofits across the state, benefitting more than 52,000 people. "It is wonderful to have the support of Amazon during these times, especially because our customers need our help now more than ever," said Matt Habash, President and CEO of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. "We know this is a marathon, not a sprint. These supplies allow us and our partner agencies to continue our work in stabilizing families and helping them get back on track. We are here with our neighbors and for our neighbors. Thank you Amazon!"
Thank You bonus for Amazon’s front-line employees and partners
Dave Clark, SVP Worldwide Operations, today announced a special one-time Thank You bonus totaling over $500 million. All front-line employees and partners who were with the company throughout the month of June will receive a bonus. Details here.
Distance Assistant now available via open source
We recently rolled out 'Distance Assistant' to provide employees with live feedback on social distancing via a 50 inch monitor, camera, and a local computing device. As people walk past the camera, a monitor displays live video with on-screen indicators to show if employees are within 6 feet of one another. Today, we are excited to open source the software and AI behind this innovation so that anyone can create their own Distance Assistant. Individuals and businesses large and small can download the package at no cost and get up and running with just a computer and camera.
In all, Amazon donates nearly 9,000 laptops to Seattle Public Schools
Amazon is donating an additional 750 laptops, valued at more than $200,000 to Seattle Public Schools elementary school students. This comes after Amazon’s original donation of 8,200 laptops, valued at over $2 million. These additional devices will help ensure all Seattle Public Schools students have access to a device so they can participate in online learning. Read more.
Amazon donates $90,000 of COVID-19 relief supplies to Ohio-based nonprofits
As the state of Ohio completes its reopening, demands on local social services continue to increase. Today, Amazon donated $90,000 of supplies to nine Licking County nonprofits, and partnered with the Licking County Chamber of Commerce for the distribution. The donation follows a series of announcements by Amazon that they were creating more than 6,000 permanent jobs in Ohio—many of which have been filled by those impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19.
Amazon Web services powers remote screening solutions
Several AWS customers are offering technology that can remotely screen potential COVID?19 cases. AWS customers include: Innovaccer, a San Francisco-based health care technology company, launched a COVID-19 Management System in use by over 10,000 leading health care organizations and government agencies around the globe; Qure.ai, an Indian health care start-up built on AWS, is developing capabilities to interpret chest X-rays to remotely detect findings indicative of COVID-19; and Vital, a digital health company, created a software tool to help people assess their risk of contracting COVID-19. C19check.com is a self-diagnosis tool built entirely on AWS with guidance from Emory University.
Amazon introduces “Distance Assistant” to provide real-time social distancing feedback
As we continue to learn and innovate to support the health and safety of Amazon employees, we saw an opportunity to further promote social distancing behavior in real-time. Our new Distance Assistant provides employees with live feedback on social distancing via a 50-inch monitor, a camera, and a local computing device. As people walk past the camera, a monitor displays live video with on-screen indicators to show if associates are within 6 feet of one another. Our first installations are live in a handful of our buildings and we’ll be deploying hundreds of these units over the next few weeks. We are also beginning the process to open source the software and artificial intelligence behind this innovation so that anyone can create their own Distance Assistant. Read more.
Amazon Web Services customers use virtual assistants to screen patients and inform care
AWS customers have developed virtual assistants that give 24/7 access to resources that can provide answers, make appointments, and ensure that those in need of immediate help are routed to medical professionals. The University of Washington Medicine developed a chatbot that can assess the need for testing or a medical consult, and schedule appointments 24 hours a day. In North Carolina, to deal with increased call volumes to its COVID-19 help line, UNC Health built a chatbot that answers questions from patients seeking guidance on COVID-19 testing and what to do if they or their loved ones were exposed to the virus. In Canada, Empego developed a free online survey and triage tool on AWS to help health care professionals identify tens of thousands of high-risk cases in Quebec.
Amazon works with 3M to stop bad actors
There is no place for counterfeiting or price gouging on Amazon and we are working with 3M to hold bad actors accountable. Amazon has long-standing policies against counterfeiting and price gouging and we have processes in place to proactively block suspicious products and inflated prices. If we find an individual or company is violating our policies, we work quickly to remove the products and take action against the bad actor. Amazon supported 3M in its investigation into fraudulent N95 masks and we welcome collaboration from other brands.
Amazon Web Services helps the World Health Organization respond to COVID-19
In 2020, AWS helped the World Health Organization Academy (WHOA) launch an app to support health workers around the world in caring for patients infected by COVID-19. The app enables workers to access the WHO’s rapidly expanding bank of educational material and guidance, along with offering virtual skills workshops and other live trainings. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provided free hosting services to the WHOA to enable it to launch the app. More details.
Whole Foods Market named top retailer for its COVID-19 response
Whole Foods Market ranked first across seven industries for its COVID-19 health and safety practices, according to a new study from Ipsos. The research firm polled 2,000 Americans to learn which practices they considered most important, then mystery-shopped stores across 45 major U.S. retailers to determine which were acting most in line with customer expectations. Whole Foods Market outperformed all other retailers for the percentage of store employees who wore face masks and adhered to social distancing guidelines. Read more.
Amazon Web Services powers COVID Atlas to deliver global data sets to the research community Scientists, researchers, and health officials now have access to COVID Atlas, an application that collects, aggregates, and processes outbreak case data from thousands of county and regional data sets across the globe. Built on AWS, COVID Atlas data is updated thousands of times per day to ensure scientists and others have access to the most recent information available.
How Amazon is helping its HQ2 community amid the COVID?19 pandemic
Amazon is partnering with local restaurants to deliver 10,000 meals to essential care workers and vulnerable populations. "Food insecurity is the greatest initial concern our residents experience during the pandemic," said Cheryl Ramp, with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. APAH has seen a 40% increase in people coming to food pantry distributions at their properties, and a 450% rise in households that need to have groceries delivered to their door. Read more.
All In WA virtual concert now set for June 24
Out of respect for current events, we are postponing the All In WA: A concert for COVID-19 relief. Originally scheduled for June 10, it will be held on June 24. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and communities, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear. Read about Amazon’s donation to organizations supporting justice and equity.
Amazon Web Services powers federal COVID-19 resources
A new feature of the Coronavirus.gov website aggregates information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to quickly answer the most common questions about COVID-19. The feature is built on the General Services Administration’s Cloud.gov, a federal government platform AWS powers. Read more about how AWS is supporting organizations during the pandemic.
Amazon Web Services highlights AI and machine learning customers helping to fight COVID-19
In a post for the World Economic Forum, Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon Machine Learning, highlights how AWS customers are applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning expertise to better understand and address the COVID-19 crisis. For example, BlueDot uses machine learning algorithms to sift through news reports in 65 languages, airline data, and animal disease networks to detect and anticipate the dispersion of disease. The Canadian start-up then provides those insights to public health officials, airlines, and hospitals.
Amazon offers backup family care to 650,000 full- and part-time employees
With the closure of schools and summer camps, and the loss of some childcare and adult care options due to COVID?19, we know it’s challenging to balance home and work. We listened to feedback from people across the company and are now offering a new family care benefit through Care.com to full- and part-time Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees in the U.S. This benefit will provide each employee with up to 10 days of company-subsidized emergency backup child or adult care between now and October 2. Full details.
Amazon Web Services supports COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium projects
In late March, the White House launched the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide researchers with access to the most powerful computing resources, such as those running on AWS. As part of the Consortium, AWS has helped researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology design copies of protein to “absorb” the virus. AWS has also supported the work of researchers at Children's National Hospital who are combining hundreds of data sets to identify genes that could potentially be targeted to treat COVID-19. Learn more.
New Amazon UK employees come from different backgrounds and share the same mission
The employees who work in Amazon's operations network are making sure customers get the products they need. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon has opened 15,000 new full and part-time positions and delivery driver opportunities across its UK fulfillment and logistics network. Meet some of the people who started new careers with Amazon in the UK during these challenging times.
Amazon Web Services customer provides free curriculum for home schooling
As parents and teachers acclimate to remote learning during the COVID?19 pandemic, AWS customers are stepping up to help with free resources to continue the school curriculum at home. EVERFI, a leading provider of digital learning tools used in more than 55,000 K-12 schools, is giving parents and teachers direct access to its library of digital courses at no cost.
Amazon’s support for food banks across America continues with a donation in Tennessee
Amazon donated $25,000 to Mid-South Food Bank, a member of Feeding America. The food bank has seen a 300 percent increase in the need for food, as the COVID?19 pandemic has left thousands of people without jobs or stable incomes. The organization distributed more than 1 million pounds of food in March, and that number sharply increased to 4 million pounds in April. Amazon’s donation will help meet the food needs of thousands of residents in Memphis and throughout the Mid-South region by providing 75,000 nutritious meals to the most vulnerable residents in a 31-county area.
Amazon opens additional grocery store in California as online-only store to increase grocery delivery
As we continually work to increase grocery delivery to serve more people in our communities during this difficult time, Amazon has opened its grocery store in Irvine, California as a temporary online-only store, focused exclusively on fulfilling grocery delivery orders during the COVID?19 pandemic. With the stores in Woodland Hills and Irvine now open to focus on grocery delivery, we have increased delivery capacity and are able to serve tens of thousands more customers in these communities. Learn more about how we are helping customers get groceries.
Amazon offers 125,000 full-time jobs to seasonal employees
Amazon will convert 125,000 of the 175,000 temporary jobs hired since March to permanent roles if employees would like to stay at Amazon long term. Regular, full-time roles at Amazon come with a comprehensive benefits package starting on day one, a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour, and access to training programs like Career Choice that make it easier to springboard into a different career at Amazon or other companies. We hope the option for many people to stay at Amazon will help alleviate some of the ongoing burden of unemployment in communities across the U.S. as we work together to fight through this COVID-19 crisis. Read more.
Amazon Web Services customers help fight the invisible effect of COVID?19: mental health issues
One-third of Americans have experienced high levels of psychological distress during the COVID?19 pandemic, according to new findings from the Pew Research Center. It’s evident the virus is taking a toll mentally as well as physically. Survey respondents cited stress from worrying about contracting the virus, to keeping up with the news, and considering the financial impacts of the pandemic. AWS is supporting companies like Talkspace, Headspace, and Ginger as they scale to address heightened levels of anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness due to the pandemic. Details here.
Amazon expands online use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
Eleven states have been added the U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot enabling Amazon customers to use SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online (Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin). We are committed to making food accessible through online shopping and we look forward to adding more states soon. Read about the program.
Governor Jay Inslee announces “All In WA” effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief through an Amazon-sponsored virtual concert on June 10
Amazon is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the June 10 event featuring performances by Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and more artists from Washington. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will personally match up to $25 million in donations. “I commend Governor Inslee and the First Lady for thinking big and creating All In WA to help those who so desperately need it,” said Bezos. “It’s been inspiring to watch the people of this state band together and push through this crisis, and I’m excited to see that continue as we raise money for this important cause.” More details.
Amazon Music’s Friday live stream features deadmau5 to benefit COVID?19 relief efforts
Global electronic music producer deadmau5 will host Amazon Music’s weekly series on May 29. Amazon Music and Amazon Live are collaborating with the artist to help bring awareness to the World Health Organization’s COVID?19 Solidarity Response Fund and the MusiCares COVID?19 Relief Fund. Viewers can learn more about these funds while watching the stream, and fans may submit questions by commenting on deadmau5 and Amazon Music’s social posts before the show. The live stream begins Friday at 10 a.m. Pacific at Amazon.com/live.
Amazon Literary Partnership announces new grants to help writers impacted by COVID-19
Today, the Amazon Literary Partnership is awarding more than $1 million in grant funding to 66 organizations. This is in addition to a donation of emergency relief funding to Artist Relief and PEN America’s Writers’ Emergency Fund. Find the full list of grant recipients here. Since 2009, Amazon Literary Partnership has provided more than $13 million to organizations across the United States that empower writers to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.
Amazon recognized as the food retailer with the most favorable response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Thanks to the work of thousands of customer-obsessed Amazon employees across the United States, consumers have named Amazon the food retailer with the best response to the COVID-19 crisis. Respondents felt Amazon had adapted well to help keep people safe, according to a survey by Magid. Amazon has invested $4 billion (upon COVID-19 related initiatives to keep employees safe and deliver for customers. Read more.
Amazon Web Services powers new effort from Airbnb to keep people connected
With Airbnb suspending in-person Experiences in light of COVID?19, the company looked for ways to help its hosts continue to generate income, while also allowing guests to learn a new skill, safely connect with others, or pursue interests. The company leveraged AWS to create Airbnb Online Experiences, offering an array of activities like meditation with Buddhist monks, family-oriented magic lessons, and team-bonding activities like making coffee with a professional coffee taster. Airbnb has also partnered with local organizations around the world to develop Experiences to help those in isolation, such as older adults, learn a new skill free of charge.
Amazon Web Services helps mobilize COVID?19 volunteers
Thousands of food pantries, shelters, employment agencies, and nonprofits are currently experiencing volunteer shortages, and social impact company VOMO has made its volunteer management platform, which is powered by AWS, free to any organization mobilizing volunteers during the COVID?19 crisis. With VOMO’s volunteer mobilization and management technology, organizations can coordinate volunteering efforts and issue calls for assistance to a national volunteer registry. To date, more than 1,000 new organizations have joined the VOMO network during the pandemic, and AWS provided increased computational capacity to help scale and manage the surge in demand. Read more here.
Amazon Web Services helps clinics store patient data and manage volunteers
The Spark Team, a nonprofit that provides software to support humanitarian events, is using AWS to help free medical clinics store patient data and manage volunteer sign-ups for COVID?19 test sites. The Spark Team’s volunteer management software has helped Remote Area Medical (RAM), a major nonprofit provider of free pop-up clinics, staff COVID?19 testing sites across the country where thousands of tests are being administered. RAM volunteers have logged more than 3,100 hours of service at these sites so far. To further support counties, states, hospitals, and other groups, the Spark Team is currently offering free use of their systems to help with testing sites.
Amazon Web Services helps UK charities process hundreds of donations a second
UK-based charities Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need worked with broadcaster BBC One to host “The Big Night In” to raise money for individuals affected by COVID?19 and to highlight doctors and nurses on the front lines. With support from AWS, Comic Relief’s existing website, as well as its donation and business analytics systems, were able to quickly scale to process more than 350 donations per second. The three-hour event resulted in more than 700,000 donations that raised ￡27.4 million. The UK government has pledged to double that amount. AWS also provided Comic Relief with credits and remote technical support throughout the fundraising event. Find out more about how AWS is supporting governments, businesses, and nonprofits during the pandemic.
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Will COVID-19 change the face of women entrepreneurship?
E-commerce could bring new opportunities for women entrepreneurs hoping to enter the economy in India, where women own just 10 percent of businesses. Read more from Shalini Puchalapalli, Amazon India’s Director of New Initiatives.
Meet an Amazon employee who inspires her peers while promoting safety
Brandy Bowers, a trainer in the learning department at Amazon’s fulfillment center in North East, Maryland, is working to inspire smiles while promoting safety among her colleagues during the stress of the pandemic. Each night, when she returns home, Brandy crochets hearts for her team and associates at the fulfillment center. Over the past few weeks, she’s crocheted more than 300 hearts in green yarn to signify the official American National Standards Institute color for safety, serving as a reminder that we’re stronger together. Meet more Amazon operations employees.
Amazon Web Services powers repository of images for COVID-19 research
AWS is powering the COVID Digital Pathology Repository (COVID-DPR), an online repository of whole slide images of COVID-19-related samples that enables international collaboration in the research community. COVID-DPR provides a centralized, cloud-based source for digital images of lung, liver, kidney, and heart tissues from patients infected with COVID19, as well as the closely related viruses SARs and MERs. The images, scientific notes, and metadata will be used as reference data for education, research, and future clinical trials. COVID-DPR is part of a joint collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, Octo Consulting Group, and others. More details.
A new shelter for homeless families opens on Amazon's campus amid the COVID?19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting lives around the world, and families fighting homelessness are at particularly high risk with no safe space to call home. Mary's Place, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides shelter and services for women, children, and families, is supporting many people during this uncertain time. Read more and see photos of the new Mary’s Place center that’s opened inside one of Amazon’s corporate offices. “While I’ve long been excited for the new Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade in the heart of Amazon’s Seattle campus to open, I never could have imagined the shelter would open at such a critical time,” said John Schoettler, Amazon Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities.
Zoom grows on Amazon Web Services to help people stay connected
Zoom, a provider of business video and audio conferencing that runs primarily on AWS, is offering universal free access to its core conferencing technology for calls of up to 40 minutes and 100 participants. Zoom helps people around the world keep up with business, education, and social meetings as they stay safe at home. Zoom also provides teachers, administrators, and students with the resources they need to quickly spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes, and continue their education online. Find out more about how AWS is helping their customers scale during the COVID?19 pandemic.
How front-line organizations are using Amazon donated devices amid the pandemic
Over the past several weeks, we have provided $5 million in Amazon Devices to hospitals, schools, and community organizations around the globe to help those impacted by COVID-19. One example is Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey which provided patients with Fire 7 tablets. In their words, “Your donations will allow countless children, parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones to comfort and unfortunately in most cases say goodbye to patients who are otherwise isolated. You have indelibly affected and will continue to affect the lives of so many patients, staff, and families. I’m proud to be an Amazon customer and will forever be grateful for your contribution in helping our communities." Read more.
Amazon Music live stream with John Legend will benefit COVID?19 relief efforts
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter and EGOT winner John Legend will take over Amazon Music's Friday live performance series, a new program featuring stripped-down sets and intimate conversations with artists. John will answer questions from fans and perform new tracks from his forthcoming album, including "Bigger Love" and "Conversations in the Dark." During the live stream viewers can learn more about the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Amazon Music series begins at 10 a.m. PT Friday, May 22, on Amazon.com/live.
Amazon Web Services supports MedStar Health’s COVID?19 telehealth response
MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and D.C. region, quickly scaled telehealth solutions amid the pandemic with support from AWS. A month after the outbreak started, MedStar Health providers were delivering an average of 3,500+ outpatient telehealth sessions every weekday. MedStar Health also launched two call centers—one for providers and one for patients waiting on COVID?19 lab results—in less than a week using Amazon Connect, an AWS solution that helps customers deploy cloud-based call centers. Read about other ways AWS is keeping organizations running during the pandemic.
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Amazon Business delivers 100 million critical supplies to healthcare and government organizations at cost
Throughout the COVID?19 pandemic, the demand for health and safety products has outpaced supply. That’s why Amazon Business created COVID?19 Supplies, a program offering organizations with the most urgent need—like hospitals and senior living facilities—critical products to fight the pandemic at cost. More than 13,000 healthcare providers and 7,000 government organizations have used COVID?19 Supplies since it launched in the U.S. on March 31, and the program has expanded to Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India. Read more.
Amazon Web Services expands Rhode Island’s capacity to process unemployment applications
Rhode Island’s unemployment insurance applications surged 10 times the volume the state’s legacy computer system could handle. With AWS support, the Department of Labor and Training’s website has been able to efficiently process more than 132,000 claims in six weeks. AWS also collaborated with Research Improving People’s Lives, a nonprofit that uses data to inform policymaker decisions, to develop an online application portal that helps the state to verify applicants’ eligibility for benefits and expedite payments. This has enabled Rhode Island to become one of the first states to process Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims.
"Amazon Wants to Innovate Its Way Out of the Pandemic"
Bloomberg posted this technology story today about how Amazon is building its own testing lab, backing an immunology study, and considering automation to make its fulfillment centers safer.
Helping educators close the digital divide for students in Oakland, California
Amazon donated $100,000 to support the Oakland Unified School District and the City of Oakland’s mission to close the digital divide for students from underserved communities. Amazon’s donation will help 200 Oakland Public Schools students receive the tools they need (such as laptops and internet connectivity) to continue their education from home amid the COVID?19 pandemic. Amazon is also supporting at-home learning through Amazon Future Engineer and AWS Educate.
Amazon Web Services helps Propel deliver technology for those in need
Propel, a company focused on building software to help low-income Americans improve their financial health, has developed the Fresh Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) app. Powered by AWS, Fresh EBT has helped more than 3 million individuals per month manage their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, save with coupons, and find jobs through the app. Find out how AWS is supporting other companies, governments, and nonprofits during the COVID?19 pandemic.
Supporting communities in need throughout Massachusetts
Amazon donated $100,000 to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. Amazon’s donation will help support dozens of Massachusetts-based nonprofits that serve communities disproportionately impacted by COVID?19. In addition, long-time nonprofit partner St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, located in the Boston-area, will use part a 2018 $1 million match donation from Amazon to deliver essential services to mothers and children fighting homelessness amid the pandemic. Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs across Massachusetts.
Amazon Web Services powers COVID?19 research with Michigan State University
AWS collaborated with Michigan State University to develop a public website that hosts,