Vaccinating the American population against COVID-19 may be the biggest and most urgent public challenge of our life, more focused and urgent than fighting terrorism or winning the race to the Moon. The complexity can seem overwhelming – supplies are limited and unpredictable, current doses require extreme cold chain logistics and then rapid delivery once thawed, and then patient follow-up and follow-up injections to get started. And there is no single authority, even with the interventions of the Biden administration, we likely have a hybrid system in which the federal and state governments share responsibilities alongside business partners, such as pharmacy chains.
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That’s not all that Amazon would bring to the vaccine effort. You have the technical expertise to ingest large amounts of data and turn it into useful information. Vaccine distribution will require combining census information and vaccination guidance along with real-time data on the availability of cold chain resources and certified technicians to administer vaccines, and then deciding on a plan for each region and each day. . It has the storage and delivery capacity to reach virtually every home and business in the US Amazon also excels at creating easy-to-use websites to guide customers to action. State and local governments are fighting to create websites that allow citizens to schedule vaccines. Elderly and disadvantaged citizens without access to the Internet need the ability to schedule immunizations over the phone. Amazon has software engineers, AWS resources, and customer service call centers ready to help out. We tend to idealize innovation as a series of brilliant ideas and smart execution. But success depends as much, if not more, on relentless operational discipline. That, more than anything else, is what Amazon does best. Now read: To speed up COVID-19 injections, Massachusetts is testing a student vaccine corps, Colin Bryar worked at Amazon from 1998 to 2010, where he was technical vice president and served as technical advisor to Jeff Bezos. Bill Carr was at Amazon from 1999 to 2014, where he was vice president of digital media, among other positions. They are the authors of “Working Backwards: Insights, Stories and Secrets from Inside Amazon.”