Uber Technologies Inc., an American ridesharing company, has reportedly sent letters to various U.S. state governors requesting them to reclassify its food delivery and ride-hail drivers as essential workers and get early access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sources with knowledge of the matter stated that the company will also send a letter to the President of United States Joe Biden.
The recent development comes after Uber had sent similar requests to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uber reportedly claimed that each of the 1.5 million U.S. drivers have made at least three trips since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March.
It is to be noted that Florida, which has around 236,000 pandemic drivers, expects to receive vaccine dosages for 500,000 to 1 million inhabitants by December 2020.
In this context, Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive at Uber has requested Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis to reclassify their drivers has essential workers, allowing them to receive early access to COVID-19 vaccines after prioritizing long-term care facility residents and healthcare professionals.
The letter reportedly said that Uber’s drivers have had a major role in running the communities since the last nine months. These drivers have also helped in delivering food to people practicing social distancing at home.
The company also claims to have aided local restaurants in running their business as well as helped in transporting healthcare workers to hospitals. Khosrowshahi added that that the Uber app could also provide information regarding the vaccination to American citizens.
As per credible sources, the initial vaccine doses are likely to be limited, and the lack of strong federal guidance has resulted in allowing U.S. states to determine who will be prioritized to get the vaccine. As a matter of fact, around 20 industries have also appealed to the state officials to reclassify their workers to get early access to the vaccine.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials reportedly stated that they will distribute enough dosages after the vaccine has been approved, with intentions to immunize around 20 million people by the year end.
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