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Brazil reports record death toll from COVID-19 as hospitals overwhelmed

Top of The World: On Tuesday, Brazil registered a record daily number of deaths due to COVID-19 and hospitals are buckling under the strain of widespread infections. And, an official from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy has become the second party figure to die in custody after the Feb.1 coup. Also, the WTO is meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposal for a temporary intellectual property waiver on coronavirus vaccines.

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Venezuelan migrants in the US granted temporary protected status

Top of The World: The Biden administration announced Monday that it is offering TPS to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan exiles. And, a Supreme Court justice in Brazil annulled former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s convictions. And International Women’s Day demonstrations on Monday turned violent in Mexico City, causing injuries to 19 civilians and 62 officers.

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Dr. Atul Gawande: Pandemic led to a ‘rethink on what matters’

Almost a year into the pandemic, societies are faced with immense contradictions: processing shocking death tolls while finding hope in promising vaccine rollouts. Surgeon, writer and researcher Dr. Atul Gawande speaks with The World’s Marco Werman about what it means to be human in this precarious moment.

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More contagious virus variant in South Africa found in US

Health authorities in South Carolina announced a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, has been detected in the United States for the first time. And, Johnson & Johnson says its vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with a 66% efficacy and with just one shot. Also, a team from the WHO has begun a potentially politically charged fact-finding mission on the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan.

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Farmers storm historic Red Fort monument in New Delhi; EU warns of blocking vaccine; Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna announce findings on new variants

In a symbolic demonstration, thousands of farmers took to the streets of India’s capital on Tuesday breaking through police barricades with several storming the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. And, officials from the EU have warned that the bloc could begin restricting exports of coronavirus vaccines. Also, scientists from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna said that they believe their coronavirus vaccines are still effective.

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