Uber, Lyft push Biden team for role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Uber and Lyft are taking steps to assist the incoming Biden administration with its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Julia Paige, head of social impact at Uber, says the company has pledged to provide 10 million free rides to vaccine appointments, and it is examining ways to partner with governments, foundations, medical providers, and businesses.

Uber and Lyft are taking steps to assist the incoming Biden administration with its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Julia Paige, head of social impact at Uber, says the company has pledged to provide 10 million free rides to vaccine appointments, and it is examining ways to partner with governments, foundations, medical providers, and businesses. Uber also says it is working with Moderna to provide users with vaccine-safety information via its ride-sharing app. Megan Callahan, who leads Lyft's health-care business, a provider of nonemergency medical transportation, says state and municipal officials from heavily populated areas have been asking Lyft for free rides "because they do not have the funds." Lyft has talked with health systems, medical directors, pharmacies, and others that are concerned about transportation to vaccine sites, Callahan says. She adds that Lyft intends to keep the Biden team informed of what it is seeing in the field. Late last year, Lyft said it would deliver vaccines to low-income, high-risk, and uninsured people, according to Callahan. JPMorgan Chase, Anthem, and United Way are also part of that initiative. Biden transition officials say the team is in "listening mode" because it does not yet have the authority to make decisions on federal funding or other official matters.