Uber proposes coronavirus test deliveries

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by Charlie Spargo

Uber has announced its intention to work with American health authorities to deliver consumers tests for coronavirus, drawing on its experience in food delivery and the development of its Health branch.

Today (March 19th) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced they were "looking to deliver" tests in a call with analysts. A spokesperson said the possibility was being explored, but any actual deliveries were yet to be made.

Uber's arms, outside its regular private hire service, include Eats, Health and Freight - each of which can help with the fulfilment of coronavirus testing needs. Uber Freight is apparently working with US officials to make "sure we're involved in the supply chain for critical items in the US," according to Uber's CFO, Nelson Chai.

As yet, it has not been confirmed in any way whether tests will be delivered to homes, hospitals or external testing sites.

In January, Uber attempted to find a way to resolve its imposed ban by transport regulators in London, having failed to appeal against a ruling in 2019.