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Hospital Scrambles To Find Patients Before Freezer Failure Ruins 830 Vaccines

The crisis starts around 2 a.m. at a hospital in Mendocino County, Calif. A compressor gives out, giving the staff two hours to use the coronavirus vaccines before they are declared unusable.

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Vanessa Romo is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She covers breaking news on a wide range of topics, weighing in daily on everything from immigration and the treatment of migrant children, to a war-crimes trial where a witness claimed he was the actual killer, to an alleged sex cult. She has also covered the occasional cat-clinging-to-the-hood-of-a-car story.