March 24 (UPI) — Amazon will help Seattle residents test for new coronaviruses at home in a partnership with a Bill Gates-funded research institute, according tomedia reports. The self-test package is provided by the Seattle Coronary Virus Assessment Network (SCAN), which is based on the results of the Seattle Influenza Research Program and is currently working to better understand the spread of new coronaviruses. It is funded by Gates Ventures, microsoft co-founder Gates’ private investment firm, and it also receives technical support from the charity Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The move is similar to a move in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is funded by a charity and medical research group owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Both investments from corporate institutions have played a very important role in filling the apparent shortfall in the federal government’s expansion of new coronavirus testing in the United States.
Amazon will test the delivery and extraction of self-test packages through its care division, Amazon Care. The division is an in-house healthcare platform dedicated to Amazon employees and their families. However, the virus test is not limited to Amazon employees. Any resident in the Seattle area can be tested through the SCAN network, including children and potentialaasymptoms without flu-like symptoms. According to the report, “all relevant couriers have been trained in the handling of medical materials and will distribute the new coronavirus self-test package to families in need.” “
“Responding to the rapidly evolving outbreak crisis requires the entire community and the support of the private and public sectors,” Kristen Helton, amazon Care’s director, said in a statement. With global health experts and academic leaders, there is also a desire to leverage Amazon Care’s infrastructure and logistics capabilities to support local anti-epidemic initiatives. “
Seattle and the surrounding Golden County area have been among the worst-affected metropolitan areas in the United States during the spread of the new coronavirus, with more than 2,000 confirmed cases and more than 100 deaths. (Le Bang)