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It was like a scene from a movie. In North Dakota, health care workers lifted a bag of dry ice covering one of the state’s first shipments of the coronavirus vaccine and a cloud filled the room. The strict guidelines governing the vaccine’s storage make even opening the box a complex and time-sensitive process.
In New Orleans, an inpatient pharmacist became the first person in Louisiana to administer the vaccine — a career highlight.
While these health care workers were excited that the vaccine had finally arrived, the mood was tempered by a bleak fact: The battle against the coronavirus is not yet over.
On today’s episode, we hear from health care workers in two hard-hit states about their hopes and fears for the coming months.
On today’s episode
Jack Healy, a national correspondent for The New York Times.
Monday’s vaccinations, the first in a staggeringly complicated national campaign, were a moment infused with hope and pain for hundreds of America’s health care workers.
Some of the medical centers that have endured the worst of the coronavirus found the gloom that has long filled their corridors replaced by elation. The vaccine campaign, however, began on the same day that America surpassed 300,000 deaths from Covid-19.
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Jack Healy contributed reporting.
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