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Michael Milken lobbying Amazon to distribute coronavirus tests free of charge
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Legendary financier Michael Milken has been working behind the scenes to persuade executives at online retail giant Amazon.com to deliver coronavirus tests to every American for free, FOX Business has learned.
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Milken believes the number of coronavirus tests, which have been in limited supply, will be expanded in the coming weeks and it’s necessary to distribute them widely to the U.S. population. He believes that Amazon, with its massive reach, is the company best equipped to distribute the tests, a necessary step in curtailing the spread of the virus, associates of his confirm to FOX Business.
“I believe we’ll have significant tests in America in the next week or two,” Milken told pollster Frank Luntz in a webcast interview Friday, which has yet to be reported. “Our question is this … when can we ship a test to every person at their house, not just at work? And well Amazon … we asked them … will they deliver them free to everyone?”
An Amazon spokesman had no comment. A spokesman for Milken confirmed the conversation with high-level Amazon officials.
“It is one of hundreds of conversations Mike has had with leading companies as well as government officials, philanthropists, research scientists and others on the front lines responding to COVID-19 … In this case, he spoke with one of the top execs at Amazon about their willingness to deliver tests. To clarify, this was a phone conversation, not a physical visit.”
Heretofore, most people have had to be in a hospital or go to a special drive-through-like facility to get the test. But if people could easily access the tests, it would provide quick real-time information about who is healthy, who can return to work and who should stay home — information critical to reopening the economy, medical experts say.