If you’re waiting for your crack at an available vaccine, I’ve got great news for you. We’ve got extra. But to score those shots, you might have to make a road trip. “On average, states have administered 76% of the doses they’ve received from the federal government. New Hampshire has administered the largest share of all states, at 89.8%, while Alabama has administered the smallest — only 61.4% of its doses.” And here’s the rub. “The supply-demand shift for the vaccine will happen earlier than expected — as early as the end of April — and before the nation reaches the 70-90% threshold for achieving herd immunity.” Some of America is cutting the line. Some of America wants no part of a life-saving vaccine that science dropped into our laps in record time. And unsurprisingly, people are choosing to endanger themselves and others along partisan lines. Axios: America may be close to hitting a vaccine wall.

+ As it was during peak Covid, misinformation and political hogwash is a deadly recipe. And the virus is not done with us. That’s partly because of our unwillingness to follow simple protocols like mask-wearing, partly because of the vaccine trends above, and partly because the variants are coming. European woes have warned us before. And they’re warning us again. NYT: Rise of Variants in Europe Shows How Dangerous the Virus Can Be.

+ Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths.

+ I don’t want to position our Covid fight as being all bad news. It’s more like frustrating news in the face of what has been a miracle—in the scientific sense of the word. And no one has been more instrumental in that miracle than the woman who kept investigating the potential of mRNA even as academic institutions offered little support. “She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher. She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one. She moved to the United States in her 20s, but for decades never found a permanent position, instead clinging to the fringes of academia.” Gina Kolata in the NYT: Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus. (That’s a pretty good accomplishment to have on one’s curriculum vitae…)