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Inside the retail rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as pharmacies at CVS, Kroger, and Walgreens prepare for mass immunization and potential profits

Inside the retail rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as pharmacies at CVS, Kroger, and Walgreens prepare for mass immunization and potential profits

A CVS pharmacist prepares to vaccinate assisted-living facility residents in Maine.
Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images




On Thursday retail pharmacies began administering COVID-19 vaccines to the eldery in New York.




National drug chains like CVS, Walgreens,and Rite Aid are slated to be major players in the vaccine rollout.




So are pharmacies operated out of retail giants like Walmart and Kroger.




National retailers could offer brand name recognition that will foster convenience and encourage public trust in the vaccines.




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On Tuesday, the daily COVID-19 death toll in the United States hit a record at 4,327. On Thursday there was a glimmer of hope - the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine finally hit retail stores. And on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden announced an enormous coronavirus vaccine effort, an effort in which retail pharmacies will play a significant role. Retail pharmacies in New York begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to elderly individuals this week. Ohio and Colorado will follow suit soon, according to a press call with officials from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. "We're wearing masks and social distancing and playing it safe," NACDS president and CEO Stephen Anderson said during the call. "Yet, we all know that we will not overcome the pandemic, protect ourselves and others, revive livelihoods, and get back to all that we need and all that we love without these safe and effective vaccines."Read more: Walmart is working on a stealth health-tech venture that could change how you shop
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