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Rural deliveries pose challenge for Alaska COVID vaccinators


January 14, 2021

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The usual transportation difficulties in rural Alaska have presented unique obstacles for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, officials said.

Dozens of remote villages lack hospitals and road connections, while ultracold freezers required for storage of specific varieties of the vaccine are essentially nonexistent, Alaska Public Media reported.

Tribal health care providers responded by mobilizing a massive effort delivering thousands of doses to remote areas.

Providers airlifted vaccine to villages using a fleet of chartered planes, while the medicine also was delivered...

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