Amazon donating masks to EU public health services
Over the past week, we have quickly distributed millions of masks to all Amazon associates, delivery service partners, Amazon Flex participants and seasonal employees, and we are encouraging everyone to take and use them.
As a result, we’ve deployed our logistics teams to begin distributing 700,000 masks to support public health services and other essential workers in eight countries around Europe. We’ll be distributing 100,000 masks in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Poland and 50,000 masks to be distributed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Any N-95 masks we receive continue to be donated to healthcare workers on the front lines or made available through Amazon Business to healthcare and government organizations at cost.
In Europe, Amazon has already committed €21 million to support those who are the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes donations totaling €12.5 million to local Red Cross organizations in the UK, Germany, France and Spain, and the Civil Protection Department in Italy. In addition to this, each country has also allocated €1 million to donate to local non-profit organizations in the communities where Amazon employees live and work.
Amazon has also launched donation buttons on its websites across Europe to help customers easily donate to relief efforts if they choose to do so. You can learn more here.