CLEVELAND, Ohio — Amazon announced Friday that N95 masks will only be available for hospitals and government organizations effective immediately.
Government agencies that qualify include all 50 states, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a statement.
Accredited hospitals, including short-term acute care, academic medical centers, children’s hospitals and VA medical centers, also qualify, the statement says.
Hospitals, states and government agencies have reached out to Amazon and let the company know their supply shortage and asked for the company to help, Amazon said in a statement to cleveland.com Friday morning.
Since the cry for help, Amazon has created a place on its website for hospitals and government organizations to get inventory of critical medical supplies as they become available, according to Amazon.
Amazon will help find, distribute and deliver needed COVID-19 supplies to the front lines of the medical field, the company says.
“We are just starting these efforts and hope to help alleviate supply shortages affecting healthcare professionals and organizations on the frontlines as quickly as possible,” Amazon said in a statement. “As inventory of critical medical supplies become available, qualified hospitals and government agencies purchasing for this emergency may procure them on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, Amazon is not making a profit with COVID-19 supplies – we waived all standard referral fees for third party sellers on this effort.”
Other products, such as sanitizers, wipes are still available for the general public. This may change based on the demand, Amazon said.
Anyone who is responsible for purchasing these types of supplies for a hospital or organization is asked to fill out a form on Amazon’s website.