Amazon Is Now Selling Essential Medical Gear, But Only To Medical Professionals

Gene Naumovsky

Amazon continues to pledge resources to healthcare professionals, but employees speak out against broken promises.

Stocked with protective wear, Amazon’s new shopping section only allows purchases from government organizations and hospitals, according to Business Insider. Medical supplies like N95 masks, gloves, ventilators, and hand sanitizer can be found on the site, but instead of an “Add to cart” button, a text line states, “Prioritized for hospitals and government agencies directly responding to COVID-19 in the U.S.”

Amazon’s FAQ page outlines the section’s policies, such as a “first-come, first-served basis.” While the stock is currently “very limited,” Amazon stated that as hospitals and government organizations request more supplies it will restock the section with needed equipment. Third-party companies selling the gear will be waived of all referral fees and Amazon will not gain a profit. Temporarily suspending non-essential deliveries to warehouses, Amazon has focused on stocking and distributing needed household supplies and medical gear. Yet, based on a conversation with Insider’s Paulina Cachero, it is clear that some Amazon employees are unsatisfied. Claiming that the company is continuing to ship non-essential items, workers are infuriated with reports of Amazon’s avoidable, but present dangerous working conditions.

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