How a family’s frantic search for remdesivir — and a 330-mile road trip — reshaped Tennessee’s Covid-19 response

This is one in a series of reports from hospitals responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pharmacists were looking for a gray-haired man in a brown shirt. That’s how he’d described himself a few minutes before, as he was pulling off the interstate. He’d just driven 165 miles west, through much of Tennessee — crisscrossing the crooks in the Caney Fork River, passing through the Cumberland Plateau’s mountain laurels and sandstone bluffs, whizzing past cows in lush springtime pastures — straight into the heart of Nashville. His plan was to pick up the drug, turn around, and drive right back to

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