Roundup: Vaccine town hall / Cortana Mall / Uber partners with Walgreens

    Q&A session: The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Louisiana Department of Health will host a virtual town hall today at 1 p.m. to educate residents worried about the COVID-19 vaccine. The town hall will be just before Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, WAFB-TV reports. The webinar will be via Zoom here. 

    Rezoning: Two rezoning requests for the now-shuttered Cortana Mall were approved unanimously Monday by the East Baton Rouge Planning Commission at a special meeting, WBRZ-TV reports. Seefried Industrial Properties, a developer with close ties to Amazon, previously filed the requests to shift the site to warehousing three zoning and its land use to employment center. At its regular monthly meeting, Feb. 22, the Planning Commission will take up a related application filed Jan. 10 by Seefried to develop the site into a regional distribution center with a 2.895 million-square-foot warehouse, 45,000-square-foot office building, pump house and guard house. Read a Daily Report story about the plan here.   

    Free rides: Walgreens and Uber are teaming up to make it easier for people who don’t have a vehicle or a nearby pharmacy to get a COVID-19 vaccine, CNBC reports. Uber announced Tuesday that it will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in underserved parts of the country. The pilot program will start in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and El Paso, Texas. A Walgreens spokesperson says free rides will be offered as early as next week in Atlanta and then expand to the other cities. Read the full story.