Rite Aid CEO expects states to tap retailers to speed up Covid vaccine rollout


A Rite Aid store is shown in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 16, 2019.Picture taken October 16, 2019.

Mike Blake | Reuters

Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan said she expects retailers will soon play a larger — and earlier — role in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout as states and counties are under pressure to pick up the pace.

The vaccines are being distributed in phases, with Americans who are more at risk, such as health-care workers and nursing home residents, getting priority.

Rite Aid is expected to be part of phase two, when shots become available to the broader public, those who don’t qualify for phase one because of their age, occupation or lack of underlying medical…


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