A worker collects shopping carts at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in online sales in the US for the quarter ended April 30, and sales in the same store 10% increase over the same period that the effects of the coronavirus contributed to the increase in sales.
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Walmart is preparing to give post-approval Covid-19 vaccinations across the country, the company's chief medical officer said Thursday.
In a post on the company's website, Dr. Tom Van Gilder, the company is preparing employees in its 5,000+ stores and Sam & # 39; s Club pharmacies to receive the vaccine doses and have them properly stored – for example, freezers at the right temperature.
He said the big box distributor was uniquely positioned to help with the vaccine roll out.
"With 90% of the American population living within 10 miles of a Walmart, we will play an important role in ensuring that those who want a vaccine can get one when their state's prioritization makes them eligible, especially those in hard-to-reach parts of the country recently hit hard by the epidemic, "he said.
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