The Secret Behind North Dakota’s Speedy Vaccine Rollout

The state’s independent rural drugstores are showing the power of small.

The pharmacy in Hankinson, North Dakota, a town of about 900 people at the state’s extreme southeastern tip, has been in operation since 1897. The town was a decade old by then and had quickly swelled with settlers enticed by ads for good farmland along the railroad. A pharmacy was one of those signs of a town’s arrival; a knowledgeable druggist was essential. This remained true through the years, even though it turned out that the region’s population had already peaked and was slowly dwindling, as it still is. The earliest owners of Hankinson Drug had

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