Federal health officials may soon rely on major discount retailer Dollar General to accelerate the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines in rural areas nationwide.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky announced during the Health Action Alliance's virtual National Business Summit Tuesday that the agency has been in talks with the retailer to help in underserved areas where residents don't have as much access to big-box stores, according to USA Today.

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"We're exploring a promising collaboration with Dollar General stores, which have locations that include refrigeration capacity within 10 or 15 miles of our rural communities in all but four states," Walensky said.

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Dollar General confirmed on its website that it is still in conversations with the CDC "on ways the company can support the nation’s COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts."

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