A shopper exits from a Walgreens store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
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To administer the 60 million COVID-19 vaccinations and 26 million tests that Walgreens has given to date, the company had to revamp its technology, worker training, and community outreach. Now those investments are accelerating the pharmacy’s next move: to provide in-store screenings, health counseling, and other holistic health care services. Under CEO Rosalind Brewer, Walgreens is also on track to open 200 primary-­care practices by 2023, and it plans to have 1,000 locations by 2027—over half of which will be in medically underserved communities.

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