CVS sees big business opportunities with Covid-19 tests, flu shots

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Social Distancing line outside CVS Pharmacy, Queens, New York.

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As the pandemic makes health care top of mind for many Americans, CVS Health said Wednesday that it’s focused on providing services that are in high demand from flu shots to testing for colleges.

The company has opened more than 1,800 drive-thru sites for Covid-19 testing. It’s launched a new business-to-business testing program for corporations and colleges. And it’s getting ready to administer flu shots, which could keep people healthy as doctors and nurses cope with the spread of the coronavirus.

“Those

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Coronavirus pandemic sparks a building boom for restaurant drive-thrus

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A vehicle stands in a drive-thru line at a Starbucks Corp. store in El Cerrito, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

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The last drive-thru boom was the 1970s. The next one could be the 2020s. 

Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Shake Shack are among the chains planning to focus on drive-thru construction in the coming months, thanks to lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic.

Industry executives say that consumers are looking for contactless access to their favorite restaurants. Drive-thrus proved to be a lifeline for fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and

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Republican senators push for billions in additional airline job aid as coronavirus continues to hit demand

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A United Airlines ticketing agent checks the mobile device of a passenger as he tries to check in for a flight in the main terminal of Denver International Airport.

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Sixteen Republican senators on Wednesday backed $25 billion in additional federal aid for airline industry jobs as a spike in coronavirus cases in the U.S. hurt a modest recovery in flight demand in recent weeks.

The new support increases the likelihood that the funds get included in the next big aid package to help the U.S. weather the impact of the pandemic. More than 200 House lawmakers

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Moderna is pricing coronavirus vaccine at $32 to $37 per dose for some customers

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Moderna is charging between $32 to $37 per dose for its coronavirus vaccine for some customers, under cheaper “pandemic pricing,” it said Wednesday.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company is currently in discussion for larger volume agreements that will have a lower price, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said on a conference call discussing the company’s second-quarter financial results. 

“We are working with governments around the world and others to ensure a vaccine is accessible regardless of ability to pay,” he said. “We’re currently in a pandemic as defined by WHO. At Moderna, like many experts, we believe the virus is not going

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