Trying not to waste a single drop of coronavirus vaccine
By Lenny Bernstein and Lola Fadulu
Late in the afternoon on New Year’s Day, David MacMillan and a friend were food shopping in D.C. when the supermarket’s pharmacist approached. She was closing in 10 minutes and had two doses of unused coronavirus vaccine. Were they interested? If not, she would have to discard the precious liquid.
“I feel like I’ve used up all my luck for the year on the first day,” MacMillan said. But “that’s one fewer person who can spread it to other people.”
No one expected a perfectly smooth rollout of two new vaccines to hundreds of millions of people, an endeavor that has been hindered by delays in its first few weeks. But the campaign also is bringing good fortune to a few lucky souls such as MacMillan, who find themselves serendipitously in the path of unused doses of the vaccine.