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Friday, October 16, 2020
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR
The Trump administration announced a new partnership with two major national pharmacy chains to facilitate the distribution of a future coronavirus vaccine to nursing homes on Friday.
“Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we have just finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens,” President Trump told a group in Fort Myers, Fla., at an event centered on seniors. He said the plan was for the pharmacies to “deliver the vaccine directly to nursing homes at no cost to our seniors.”
The Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program is part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed effort. No coronavirus vaccines have yet been authorized by the government, though several vaccine candidates are in the final stages of clinical trials.
“Early in the COVID-19 vaccination program, there may be a limited supply of vaccine and our planning efforts need to focus on those at highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19,” Dr. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on a press call.
That includes people older than 65, who are much more likely to get severely ill and die from the coronavirus than other …
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