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Walmart is quietly plotting to expand its virtual medical services

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 07 Jun 2021

<bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Hello,</p><p>Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:</p><ul><li aria-level="1"><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-health-is-gearing-up-to-offer-telehealth-across-the-country-2021-6">Walmart Health's medical provider has quietly filed to operate in 16 more states</a>;</li><li aria-level="1"><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-antibody-response-variant-lab-study-2021-6">We just got more evidence both vaccine doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 shot may be needed to protect against variants</a>;</li><li aria-level="1"><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6">Your guide to traveling safely this summer</a>.</li></ul><p>If you're new to this newsletter,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/insider-healthcare" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="2e12e8b76b1304c6cbd7ac1c8a5fa6c4">sign up here.</a> Comments, tips' Email me at <a href="mailto:lramsey@insider.com" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="1c850c3eb45f257222d8cde9c67d2a31">lramsey@insider.com</a>&nbsp;or tweet&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/lydiaramsey125" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="feb993682cd68288e207c74d333b0882">@lydiaramsey125</a>. Let's get to it...</p><hr><h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/602e7dca31eb0600197c3f2b-1440/10AA3F5E-382D-446F-ACE3-601C191C8A62.jpeg" border="0" alt="Walmart Health" data-mce-source="Walmart Health" data-mce-caption="A Walmart Health clinic with counseling, labs, optometry, primary care, dental, and hearing services."><br><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-health-is-gearing-up-to-offer-telehealth-across-the-country-2021-6">Walmart is quietly laying plans to care for patients in 16 more states as it pushes into online care</a></h3><ul><li>Walmart Health's medical provider has filed to operate in 16 more states, an Insider review found.</li><li>A Walmart spokesperson said the filings are related to the company's push into virtual care.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-health-is-gearing-up-to-offer-telehealth-across-the-country-2021-6">Walmart signaled that push when it unveiled plans in May to buy telehealth company MeMD.&nbsp;</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-health-is-gearing-up-to-offer-telehealth-across-the-country-2021-6">Get the full scoop&gt;&gt;</a></strong></p><hr><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-antibody-response-variant-lab-study-2021-6"><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6039533fd920880018592479-792/GettyImages-1303919072.jpg" border="0" alt="Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine" data-mce-source="Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Local News via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine"></a></h3><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-antibody-response-variant-lab-study-2021-6">There's more evidence that getting both doses of Pfizer's vaccine may be 'critical' to protecting against emerging variants</a></h3><ul><li>Pfizer's vaccine worked against five coronavirus variants in the first lab study to directly compare them.</li><li>It added more evidence that both doses may be needed to protect against emerging variants.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-antibody-response-variant-lab-study-2021-6">Most people who get two doses would be protected against the variant initially from India, the researchers said.</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-antibody-response-variant-lab-study-2021-6">Find out more&gt;&gt;</a></strong></p><hr><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6"><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/606732e9a7d803001963e731-1066/GettyImages-1271768669.jpg" border="0" alt="A person wearing a mask boards a plane." data-mce-source="Adene Sanchez/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="A person wearing a mask boards a plane." data-link="https://www.gettyimages.com/search/photographer'family=creative&amp;photographer=Adene+Sanchez"></a><br><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6">A travel-safety guide for vaccinated people: How to keep your stress level and infection risk low this summer</a></h3><ul><li>As people begin to travel more, there are ways to fly safely without going overboard, experts say.</li><li>Flying is relatively low-risk for vaccinated people, even in crowded airports.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6">It's no longer critical to social distance on planes, but keep your mask on and minimize layovers.</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6">Here's what you need to know&gt;&gt;</a></strong></p><hr><p><strong>More stories we're reading:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.insider.com/meghan-markle-how-pregnancy-childbirth-differ-us-uk-2021-6">Meghan Markle gave birth to son Archie in the UK and will have her daughter in the US. Here's how childbirth differs in the countries.</a> (Insider)</li><li><a href="https://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/helix-raises-50m-series-c-financing#.YLpx95NKhOc">DNA-testing company Helix raised $50 million</a> (GenomeWeb)</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-lab-leak-theory-fauci-says-to-keep-open-mind-2021-6">Fauci: We need to keep an 'open mind' about the lab-leak theory of the coronavirus pandemic's origins</a> (Insider)</li><li><a href="https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/04/aducanumab-alzheimers-drug-approval-would-likely-deepen-racial-inequities-in-dementia-care/">A new Alzheimer's FDA approval could deepen the racial inequalities that persist in dementia care</a> (Stat News)</li></ul><hr><p>- Lydia</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/insiders-top-healthcare-stories-for-june-7-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/scorpion-venom-most-expensive-liquid-in-the-world-2018-8">Why scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid in the world</a></p>
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