Amazon providing to assist distribute the coronavirus vaccine simply hours after President Trump left the White House was “disgraceful,” Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel stated on Thursday.
“When it involves Amazon, you have to scratch your head and say, initially, I feel everyone watching us is aware of there was a private feud happening between Jeff Bezos and President Trump. Well, excuse me. That shouldn’t get in the best way of public well being,” Siegel advised “Fox & Friends.”
Siegel stated that the United States “definitely may have used Amazon together with all their communications” to assist distribute the vaccine.
“We’ve been having a breakdown of communications on the state stage and all of their staff. And guess who they’ll give the vaccine to first, Steve? They’re going to say their staff are frontline staff, which they’re. But I guess they find yourself on the entrance of the road right here.”
Shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into workplace Wednesday, Amazon congratulated him on his inauguration and supplied their intensive assets to assist the brand new administration in its vaccination effort.
“As you start your work main the nation out of the COVID-19 disaster, Amazon stands prepared to help you in reaching your purpose of vaccinating 100 million Americans within the first 100 days of your administration,” Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide client enterprise, wrote in a letter to Biden Wednesday.
“We are ready to leverage our operations, data know-how and communications capabilities and experience to help your administration’s vaccination efforts,” Clark continued. “Our scale permits us to make a significant influence instantly within the battle in opposition to Covid-19, and we stand prepared to help you on this effort.”
There have been virtually 36 million doses despatched out, nonetheless, solely 16.5 million have been administered. Siegel stated that Operation Warp Speed “has executed what it was speculated to do, which was to deliver the vaccines to market.”
“They’re sending them on the market. That thirty six million is similar fee of one million a day, over 100 days that President Biden is providing or promising,” Siegel stated.
Siegel went on to say, “The drawback has been on the opposite finish, getting it into individuals’s arms with individuals like Governor Cuomo pushing cease indicators, attempting to go round everybody and get it proper from Pfizer. All of that would have been helped by Amazon, as you simply stated, serving to to get it from Operation Warp Speed and the federal authorities into individuals’s arms. That’s one thing that they might actually assist with. And it is a shame that it is taken so lengthy and that it appears to be political.”
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.