A recent New York Times article discussed the logistics of distributing COVID-19 vaccines to remote villages in Alaska. Despite natural isolation, the virus managed to creep its way into the population turning isolation into a liability. The virus thrived in communities with minimal sanitation, and in some cases infected over 60% of the population. Now, bush planes, boats, sleds and snowmobiles are delivering vaccines. However, just because vaccines are available, doesn’t mean people are willing to take them.
The Logistics of Getting Vaccines to Remote Alaskan Villages Are Wild
When the pandemic started, isolation was an asset; now it’s creating hurdles for vaccine distribution.
Mar 15, 2021