On Tuesday, the daily COVID-19 death toll in the United States hit a record at 4,327. On Thursday there was a glimmer of hope - the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine finally hit retail stores. And on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden announced an enormous coronavirus vaccine effort, an effort in which retail pharmacies will play a significant role. 

Retail pharmacies in New York begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to elderly individuals this week. Ohio and Colorado will follow suit soon, according to a press call with officials from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. 

"We're wearing masks and social distancing and playing it safe," NACDS president and CEO Stephen Anderson said during the call. "Yet, we all know that we will not overcome the pandemic, protect ourselves and others, revive livelihoods, and get back to all that we need and all that we love without these safe and effective vaccines."

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