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Amazon to launch online drug store in India

New Delhi, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- E-commerce multinational firm Amazon announced Friday the launch of a new online service for the sale and purchase of medicines in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru as a part of the American company’s expansion plan in the South Asian country.

“As a part of our commitment to fulfill the needs of customers, we are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bangalore (also called Bengaluru) allowing customers to order prescription based medication in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers,” a spokesperson of the company told EFE.

The multinational, however, did not mention a specific date on which the online pharmacy service will start operating. The spokesperson also didn’t reveal if they planned to expand the service across the country shortly.

However, the spokesperson underlined that their move “is particularly relevant in present times as it will help customers meet their essential needs while staying safe at home,” referring to the situation in India concerning the Covid-19 crisis.

India is the third most affected country in the world by the novel coronavirus, behind the United States and Brazil, with 2,461,190 confirmed cases and 48,040 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday.

The launch of this online service for the sale and purchase of pharmaceutical drugs is a part of Amazon’s investment plan in India, which its founder, Jeff Bezos, had explained in January while announcing a $1 billion investment to digitize SMEs in the South Asian country.

Following the unstoppable rate of increase in Covid-19 cases in the country and the persistent lockdown measures that have been in place for months, a large number of people have resorted to the online purchase of almost all types of consumer goods.

This trend amid the prevailing health situation led the American multinational firm to announce in May the creation of around 50,000 temporary jobs for collection, shipping, and delivery of products in its supply chain.

Some three weeks ago, Amazon announced the expansion of its string of warehouses with 10 new logistics centers and the expansion of seven existing buildings, providing the company with 60 centers in 15 states in the country, providing a storage capacity of nearly one million cubic meters. EFE-EPA

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