WALGREENS PHARMACY & HEALTHCARE SVP RICK GATES SPEAKS WITH MEG TIRRELL LIVE DURING CNBC’S HEALTHY RETURNS SPOTLIGHT TODAY

WHEN: Today, Tuesday, February 9th 

WHERE: CNBC’s “Healthy Returns Spotlight: Prognosis for Recovery”

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Rick Gates, Walgreens Pharmacy & Healthcare SVP, and CNBC’s Senior Health & Science Reporter Meg Tirrell live during CNBC’s Healthy Returns Spotlight today, Tuesday, February 9th. Full video will be available at cnbc.com/healthy-returns.

All references must be sourced to CNBC’s Healthy Returns Spotlight.

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TYLER MATHISEN: Walgreens is at the center of the vaccine rollout and will play an increasingly vital role in the coming weeks and months in inoculating millions of Americans in all corners of the country.  To give us a behind-the-scenes look at this monumental challenge is Rick Gates, the head of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, and he will be interviewed by my friend and CNBC’s senior health and science reporter, Meg Tirrell.  Meg, the

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Because healthcare professionals are in high demand, Dickerson said many employers even offer signing bonuses for new recruits. Acadian Ambulance, for example, is offering $1,000 sign-on bonuses for recent high school graduates with their EMT certification. The company also offers tuition support for those who are interested in pursuing further training and certification as a paramedic.

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This fall, students will be able to take classes to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Patient Care Technicians (PCT) and Medical Assistants (MA). The EMT class was previously only available at Lafayette High School through the Health Careers Magnet Academy.

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Delivering a budget statement to parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman projected a fiscal deficit of 6.8% of gross domestic product for 2021/22, higher than the 5.5% forecast by a recent Reuters poll of economists.

The current year was expected to end with a deficit of 9.5%, she said, well up from the 7% expected earlier.

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