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Business on the Front Lines

News and perspectives from corporations working to directly impact the COVID-19 public health crisis. Content from this collection may include updates from medical supply or pharmaceutical companies, businesses that have pivoted their production to support the medical response to COVID-19 or hospitals that are navigating many secondary impacts of the pandemic (both economic and human).

Shoppers walk past a "Sale" sign outside a store at the Easton Town Center Mall in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 7.

Retail Spending Dips For 3rd Straight Month As Infections Surge

By: Alina Selyukh
Source: National Public Radio
Date of Publication: January 15th, 2021
Restaurants and bars are reeling from persistent spikes of coronavirus cases and related restrictions in their communities, driving retail spending in December down for the third month in a row.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson speaks during the company's annual shareholders meeting at WAMU Theater

Washington State Partners With Starbucks For Vaccine Distribution

By: Rachel Sandler
Source: Forbes
Date of Publication: January 18th, 2021
Starbucks, which is based in Seattle, will assign several employees to work on “operational efficiency, scalable modeling and human-centered design expertise and support,” Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday.
Photograph of vaccine being administered

Get your COVID-19 vaccine at a New Jersey mall or Disneyland. Here are 15 places across the country that have transformed into mass vaccination sites.

By: Natasha Dailey
Source: Business Insider
Date of Publication: January 16th, 2021
Disneyland Resort, a New Jersey mall, convention centers, and sports stadiums are opening their doors to the public as mass vaccination sites.
Dollar General storefront with 2 cars parked outside

Dollar General Will Pay Workers to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine

By: Sarah Krouse
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: January 13th, 2021
Retailer is one of the first to dangle extra pay to staff to encourage them to get coronavirus shots once available.
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Abbott Labs rolls out its BinaxNOW rapid Covid-19 test to schools and workplaces nationwide

Abbott Labs rolls out its BinaxNOW rapid Covid-19 test to schools and workplaces nationwide

By: Lori Ioannou
Source: CNBN
Date of Publication: January 12th, 2021
Abbott Labs announced that it is making its BinaxNOW Covid-19 rapid antigen test available to schools, universities, pharmacies and workplaces that require frequent and affordable testing. The company is also sharing its testing blueprint with customers interested in learning the model it has used to get its workforce back to its facilities.
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Pharmacies Add Freezers, Train Staff to Handle Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

Pharmacies Add Freezers, Train Staff to Handle Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

By: Jaewon Kang
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: November 29th, 2020
Supermarkets are rushing to secure freezers, thermometers and other medical gear for administering shots. They are also training staff and establishing online services for scheduling appointments.
Ride-share companies have been hit hard by Covid-19. Drivers received free meals, hand sanitizer and face masks at a food drive in Burbank, Calif. in June last year.

Uber, Lyft Push Biden Team for Role in Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

By: Emily Glazer, Sarah Krouse
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: January 12th, 2021
Ride-sharing companies seek early access to doses for workers, offer to take passengers to get their shots
CVS Health, Walgreens start to provide Covid vaccines at thousands of hard-hit nursing homes

CVS Health, Walgreens start to provide Covid vaccines at thousands of hard-hit nursing homes

By: Melissa Repko
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: December 18th, 2020
CVS Health and Walgreens are starting to give Covid-19 vaccinations to residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, making them among the first Americans to receive the shots.
Covid-19 Vaccines Are in High Demand, but Thousands More Workers Are Needed to Make Them - WSJ

Covid-19 Vaccines Are in High Demand, but Thousands More Workers Are Needed to Make Them

By: Elizabeth Koh
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: January 4th, 2021
Companies mass producing shots for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca are racing to find staff: ‘We are truly in unprecedented territory’
J&J enrolls about 45,000 participants for late-stage Covid vaccine trial

J&J enrolls about 45,000 participants for late-stage Covid vaccine trial

By: Reuters
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: December 18th, 2020
Johnson & Johnson said it has enrolled about 45,000 participants for the first late-stage trial of its Covid-19 single-dose vaccine candidate.

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