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April 6, 2020updated 07 Apr 2020 8:39am

Covid-19: Canadian Government and Amazon to support healthcare workers

The Canadian Government and e-commerce retailer Amazon Canada have partnered to support the front-line healthcare workers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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The Canadian Government and e-commerce retailer Amazon Canada have partnered to support the front-line healthcare workers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The contract agreement between the parties is part of the government’s whole-of-government investment in response to Covid-19.

The online retailer will help manage and deliver the government-purchased personal protective equipment, masks, gloves and supplies at cost without profit.

The items will be delivered to provincial health authorities, hospitals and other government agencies across the country.

As part of this partnership, Amazon will collaborate with the government to process and manage orders through its online Amazon Business store.

The retailer will be leveraging its Canadian distribution network, including delivery partners Canada Post and Purolator, to deliver these supplies.

With this agreement, the government-purchased and other equipment will be rapidly delivered faster to front-line healthcare workers and others in need.

Canada Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand said: “The government is taking an aggressive, proactive procurement approach to ensure our frontline healthcare workers have the equipment they need.

“To date, we have already made a number of bulk purchases to secure key items like masks and ventilators, which are in high global demand.

“This partnership with Amazon, with support from Canada Post and Purolator, will help to ensure that these life-saving products make it into the hands of healthcare workers across the country as quickly as possible.”

On 31 March, the government announced C$2bn ($1.4bn) investment for diagnostic testing and purchasing ventilators and protective personal equipment, including bulk purchases with provinces and territories.