Amazon is partnering with Washington State to provide 3.5 million free COVID tests for the home
Amazon is helping its home state of Washington, which announced today it is distributing 5.5 million rapid tests as the number of COVID-19 cases hits an all-time high.
The Seattle-based tech giant will help deliver 3.5 million of these tests to families, Governor Jay Inslee said in a media briefing Wednesday. Amazon will save and provide the tests and help operate an online portal.
âAmazon is excited to partner with Governor Inslee’s office to provide COVID testing to individuals and families across Washington state to take advantage of our warehousing, logistics, package tracking and last mile delivery network,â said Gopal Pillai, vice president of Amazon Distribution and Fulfillment Services, said in a statement sent to GeekWire.
The state will launch the online portal in mid-January, which will allow people to order tests and have them delivered to their doorsteps by Amazon. A home kit of five tests can be provided to every household.
“Amazon is a great partner in this effort because its business model is already designed to deliver other products to the home,” said Elizabeth Perez, assistant secretary for public affairs and justice for the Washington Department of Health.
The state is also working towards a federal distribution plan for rapid tests. Seattle’s King County also recently procured 700,000 test kits.
CareEvolution, provider of health software, also helps with this. The company operates the logistics for the nationwide âSay Yes, COVID Test!â Of the National Institute of Health. Program piloted in Washington state in November. Amazon offers warehouse and fulfillment services for this program in nine states.
Amazon handled the delivery and collection of coronavirus home test kits for the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network last year.
The demand for rapid tests has increased over the last month as COVID-19 cases increase due to the Omicron variant. There are also large lines at test sites in the Seattle area.
Last summer, Amazon launched a $ 39.99 home PCR test kit for U.S. customers that can be purchased on Amazon.com. The kit is currently not available. Amazon sells other tests online, but with long delivery times.
Amazon’s own test kit builds on its in-house COVID-19 test program, which, according to the company, has processed millions of tests from more than 750,000 employees.
Amazon previously partnered with Washington State on its Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System Center.