Uber to allow people to book COVID - 19 vaccine, rental cars

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Uber to allow people to book COVID - 19 vaccine, rental cars

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On Wednesday, UberUber Technologies Inc said it was introducing new features in its app to allow U.S. customers to reserve COVID-19 vaccination appointment and book rental cars.

Customers would be able to check a Walgreens pharmacy for a vaccine and book an Uber ride to travel there, said the firm in a product presentation.

This feature, which extended an Uber and Walgreens partnership announced in February, reflects the wider availability of COVID 19 vaccines in the United States, where every state has opened up vaccines to all adults.

More vaccinations mean a faster return to pre-pandemic travel and higher revenues, which tumbled during the pandemic.The number of journeys has already increased.March was the best month since the pandemic was feeling full force.

The company also announced partnerships with Avis Budget Group Inc Hertz and other vehicle rental agencies.

From Wednesday, Uber customers can rent cars through the Uber app, with Uber offering up to 10% of the rental cost as a credit to the user to spend on other services to cover it.

In May, users in Washington DC can have their rental car collected and delivered from their home to Uber after paying a rider fee which will roll out the service nationwide this year.

The smaller rival UberUber Sixt SE already offers car rental in partnership with Lyft Inc.

Uber also said it would expand the possibility to pay ahead to more U.S. and European cities and allow customers to book and collect food orders during a ride-hail trip.

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