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Walmart will expand Covid-19 vaccinations to more states

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Walmart is rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine in more states as the Biden administration tries to accelerate distribution.

New York (CNN Business)Walmart is rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine in more states as the Biden administration tries to accelerate distribution.

The company has been administering vaccines in recent weeks in some of its locations in New Mexico and Arkansas.

Now, Walmart (WMT), the largest retailer in the nation, will roll out the vaccine to select stores in New Jersey, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas, as well as in Chicago, and Puerto Rico, a company spokesperson said in an email Friday.

Each state determines which population groups are eligible to receive the vaccine, and the vaccine will only be available to those designated groups at Walmart pharmacies.

"We are going by what the state tells us in terms of priority groups they want our help vaccinating," a Walmart spokesperson said.

So far, more than 17 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to the latest CDC data.

Pharmacies and grocery stores are expected to play a major role in vaccine distribution.

Walmart (WMT) said in a blog post Friday that it expects to be able to administer 10 million to 13 million doses per month, "when supply and allocations allow," across its more than 5,000 pharmacies in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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