Retail giant Walmart plans to administer vaccines against the coronavirus after approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said this week.
He plans to make deals with the federal government to distribute the vaccine after its approval, Walmart chief medical officer Dr Tom Van Gilder said in a press release.
Walmart is preparing some 5,000 of its Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies to receive doses when available; “Including making sure we have freezers in all of our pharmacies, as well as dry ice to handle all vaccine storage requirements,” Van Gilder said in the statement.
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The retailer “is also making deals with states to be able to support vaccinations when needed, whether in our pharmacies or in our long-term care facilities where states determine they need our help.”
Health workers, residents, and staff in long-term care facilities have been recommended by an independent advisory group from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the vaccine first, and many states should follow these recommendations. .
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“The federal government will allocate the vaccine to the states, and the states will determine who should receive the first doses of vaccine and when. Walmart won’t have a say in who gets the vaccine, but we’re ready to support states once they do. The company said.
The U.S. government has agreed to purchase some 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first to seek emergency FDA approval. An FDA advisory committee voted on Thursday to approve the jab, clearing the way for FDA leaders to allow emergency mass distribution amid a continuing outbreak of COVID-19 cases across the country.
That FDA approval came on Friday night.
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Other pharmacies across the country, including CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boot Alliance, have made similar deals with the US government to distribute the vaccine.