Uber asks US states to prioritize its drivers for COVID-19 vaccine

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Uber has sent letters to the governors of all US states, asking for the ride-hail and food delivery drivers to find early access to COVID-19 vaccines as essential employees.

Uber Technologies also said that it will send a letter to US President-elect Joe Biden.

The letters come under a week later Uber delivered an identical letter to a committee of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, in a letter seen by journalists at our partner news agency Reuters, urged Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to classify Uber’s workers as essential, entitled to vaccines immediately after healthcare professionals and long-term maintenance facility residents.

Khosrowshahi also stated Uber’s app could offer vaccination data to Americans.

With initial vaccine doses restricted and strong federal advice lacking, it’s fallen to US states to determine who will be first in line to become vaccinated. Over 20 large businesses have urged public officials to prioritize their workers.

Uber said its US drivers that have done at least three trips since the pandemic began in March stood at over 1.5 million.

Florida, where Uber gets the most pandemic drivers at around 236,000, hopes to obtain vaccine doses for 500,000 to 1 million residents this month. The country has more than 1 million licensed health care professionals and some 146,000 long-term-care residents, in accordance with state health department information.

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US officials have stated if vaccines get approved fast they will distribute enough doses to inoculate 20 million individuals at the end of the year, approximately covering most US healthcare employees. Doses for a few 100 million people are expected by the end of February.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Uber asks US states to prioritize its drivers for COVID-19 vaccine‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York. Editing by Leslie Adler.

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