Amazon to begin delivering COVID-19 test kits

Amazon will begin delivering and picking up coronavirus test kits in one of the worst affected areas in the US.

The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN), which is backed by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, is now working with the retail giant to roll out testing to more communities across the US and provide insight into how the virus is spreading, CNBC reported.

“Responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis must be a community effort and requires support from both the private and public sectors,” Amazon Care director Kristen Helton told CNBC.

“We are grateful to be surrounded by a strong community of public health, global health and academic leaders and are eager to leverage Amazon Care’s infrastructure and logistics capabilities to support this local effort.”

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SCAN is working with Amazon Care, the arm of the retailer which provides medical aid to its employees, to deliver tests to people who both feel ill and those who are asymptomatic in Seattle’s King Country.

This region of Washington is understood to be one of the worst affected areas in the US, and testing has been highly restricted across the country.

If participants test positive for the virus, a health worker will get in touch with them remotely.

SCAN is using self-administered tests to attempt to track the spread of the virus among different demographics, and is backed by local health officials from Brotman Baty Institute, the University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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