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Amazon Responds to the Pandemic and offers help in the USA

Amazon has removed the deals page and product recommendations from its homepage, eliminated the ‘frequently bought’ list for each product and is no longer accepting new discount coupons from brands. The company has implemented these changes over the past 30 days to achieve something it never did before – to reduce shopping on Amazon.

Meanwhile, Amazon Care has teamed up with the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network — a research endeavour backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — to study how the coronavirus is spreading among different demographic groups, according to CNBC. As part of the team-up, Amazon Care will deliver diagnostic tests to individuals who either feel sick or who are asymptomatic. Amazon Care will then pick up the tests for analysis, and participants will be contacted by a clinician if coronavirus is detected. Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services has donated $30m to the fight against the pandemic.

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Alastair Tempest

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