February, 2021 Archive
About those wooly mittens that Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration that sparked quirky memes across social media? Sanders says they’ve helped to raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in his home state of Vermont through the sale of T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers with the iconic image of him sitting with his arms and legs crossed in his brown parka and recycled wool mittens. The independent senator says multiple groups will benefit from the proceeds, including Meals on Wheels and Vermont community action agencies. He also says Getty Images will donate proceeds as part of a licensing agreement.
Event organizers and other unconventional logistics experts are using their skills to help the nation vaccinate as many people against COVID-19 as possible. A year into the coronavirus pandemic, cities and states are enlisting nontraditional people in the effort. It’s been done before: During World War II, American toymakers manufactured parts for military aircraft. A prime example is Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, who’s now running mass vaccination operations at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park. The marathon is on hold until fall, so Massachusetts officials hired McGillivray’s company because it’s skilled at moving people. The push for creative workarounds comes as virus cases surge nationwide and the clamor for tests and vaccinations grows.