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Amazon initiates making coronavirus testing lab to protect its workforce

Amazon initiates making coronavirus testing lab to protect its workforce
The Siliconreview
10 April, 2020

Each and every business giant is helping the people fight the deadly disease as much as possible. In the light of foregoing, the ecommerce giant, Amazon has started building a lab that will enable it to test employees for the Covid-19 virus, the latest step the online retailer is taking to try to protect its warehouse workers and delivery staff who are getting essential products to customers sheltering at home.

Amazon says that its effort may not accomplish much during the current pandemic. Still, it is assigning a team of scientists, software engineers and procurement specialists to build a lab that will let the company start testing small numbers of our front line employees soon.

“We’ve begun the work of building incremental testing capacity,” Amazon said in a blog post. “A team of Amazonians with a variety of skills -- from research scientists and program managers to procurement specialists and software engineers -- have moved from their normal day jobs onto a dedicated team to work on this initiative.”

Amazon said it is unsure how many tests the effort will produce and the company is willing to share its findings with others. The company is taking this step because tests for the disease aren’t available to adequately protect the population.