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Reuters reports that Walmart is negotiating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), considering the possibility that H1N1/swine flu vaccination centers could be located in some of its stores.

“We are in discussions with CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and others in local and state departments to see what role we might play," Dr. John Agwunobi, president of health and wellness for Wal-Mart U.S., said at a public health conference in Orlando. "It might be we are a site. It may be help with logistics and with supply chain."

According to the story, “U.S. health advisers have said about half the U.S. population should be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza. Up to 160 million doses of flu vaccine will be available for the start of the campaign in mid-October.”
KC's View:
It is through moves like this, and by being the go-to company when disasters like Hurricane Katrina happen, that Walmart smartly moves beyond being just a retailer and establishes its credentials and role in public policy and discourse.