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COVID-19

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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'Alarming rates of transmission' return to Europe; Diack sentenced to prison for corruption; US restoring Iran sanctions

The European director for the World Health Organization has warned countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for people possibly exposed to the coronavirus, the former head of the world athletics’ governing body was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and the US plans to declare on Saturday that all international sanctions on Iran have been restored.

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