// Amazon to offer Covid-19 testing for its frontline workers
// The programme involves research scientists, engineers, procurement specialists, operators & financial analysts
Amazon is rolling out a pilot programme offering Covid-19 testing for its frontline workers in the UK.
The online retail giant said a programme launched in the US is being expanded, involving research scientists, engineers, procurement specialists, operators and financial analysts.
Amazon said the testing arrangements complemented safety measures already in place.
Antoine Dreyfus, formerly director of Amazon devices in the EU, is leading the initiative in the UK.
“Providing regular testing for our employees will allow us to identify asymptomatic cases who might not otherwise be tested,” he said.
“We’re able to catch the virus earlier and place those individuals in quarantine, with full pay, so they can recover before infecting others.
“We believe this programme will help save lives.”
Amazon Worldwide Consumer chief executive Jeff Wilke said: “If we can build lab capacity and testing capacity that adds to the capacity that’s available in the world, then we have made the world a safer place.”
with PA Wires