Last Mile: Lyft Aims To Innovate Vaccine Transportation
COVID-19 vaccines are only effective in individuals who get them. Lyft, the ride-share company based in San Francisco, CA, announced plans in December to provide 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites.
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