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Amazon Ahead of COVID-19: Join Hands with Bill Gates

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:35

History has taught us that rivals do not fight but stick together in the face of adversity. Amazon is now teaming up with a research program funded by Bill Gates to pick up and deliver COVID-19 test kits in Seattle, the company reported on Monday.

The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, a group of medical, public health and research organizations, is collecting nasal swabs from a sample of people across King County and Seattle to learn how the infection is spreading in the areas. King County, part of Washington state, is one of the most affected regions in the US by the COVID-19 outbreak. Amazon Care, which provides healthcare to employees of the e-commerce company, will now provide logistics infrastructure and services to combat COVID-19 in the US, according to SCAN.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Mexico entered Phase 2 of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Health reported that the number of infected in the country rose to 367 and there are already 4 deaths.

Spielberg Mini-series on Hold

In Mexico, filming of an Amazon miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem was suspended due to increasing measures taken before COVID-19, according to a letter sent to the team on Friday.

The series titled Mexica, which focuses on the Spanish conquest of the Aztecas could resume in December depending on how the crisis unfolds in the country.

In the meantime, Jeff Bezos’ company announced on its social networks that Prime Video will be offering free content to all users who have an Amazon account. The company mentions that nothing special will need to be done, just logging in with an Amazon account and enjoy the selected content.