Government of Canada partners with Amazon to help get personal protective equipment to front‑line healthcare workers
“The government is taking an aggressive, proactive procurement approach to ensure our front-line healthcare workers have the equipment they need. To date, we have already made a number of bulk purchases to secure key items like masks and ventilators, which are in high global demand. This partnership with Amazon, with support from Canada Post and Purolator, will help to ensure that these life-saving products make it into the hands of healthcare workers across the country as quickly as possible.”
The Honourable Anita Anand
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“As we continue to work hard to increase our production and procure essential personal protective equipment and medical supplies, this collaboration with Amazon will help get them as quickly as possible to the hospitals and healthcare professionals who need them.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
Amazon will use its Canadian distribution network, including Canada Post and Purolator, to deliver supplies to provincial health authorities, hospitals and other government agencies across the country.
On March 31, the Government of Canada announced it is investing $2 billion to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment, including bulk purchases with provinces and territories.
The Government of Canada is collaborating with provinces and territories on an ongoing basis to identify their needs and to purchase the required equipment, supplies and services to combat COVID-19.
We are taking an aggressive, proactive approach to buying, especially when it comes to personal protective equipment for front-line healthcare workers. This includes:
- placing orders for everything that is immediately available
- ordering ahead in bulk, with intermittent deliveries spread out over the coming weeks and months
- ramping up domestic manufacturing capacity, through the Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19
These initiatives are over and above the efforts provinces and territories are taking to secure their own supply.
Office of the Honourable Anita Anand
Public Services and Procurement Canada
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