Businesses could prove valuable in helping states to fill gaps in the vaccination operations, whether through online scheduling, public messaging or the nitty-gritty details of coordinating delivery and clinics.

As states await the promise of a renewed federal pandemic response and expand the number of Americans who qualify for a shot, some governors are trying to scale up their covid vaccine operations — and smooth out the kinks — with the help of the private sector.

In Washington state, Starbucks, Microsoft and Costco are lending logistical expertise and manpower to public health agencies that are trying to dispatch their doses of vaccines more efficiently.

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