Amazon says it’s working to develop coronavirus testing capacity


Amazon has reassigned a group of employees to build a lab meant for coronavirus testing, the e-commerce giant said Thursday. 

The company hopes to begin testing “small numbers of our front line employees soon” for the virus, and left open the possibility that the testing could be made more widely available.  

“We’ve begun the work of building incremental testing capacity,” Amazon said in a blog post Thursday. “A team of Amazonians with a variety of skills – from research scientists and program managers to procurement specialists and software engineers – have moved from their normal day jobs onto a dedicated team to work on this initiative.”