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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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Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged following coup

Top of The World: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi who has been detained by authorities since Monday following a coup by the country’s military has now been formally charged. And, the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine may reduce the spread of the virus by two-thirds and prevent severe disease. Also, a devastating wildfire in Australia has torched more than 70 homes near the country’s western city of Perth.

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Myanmar back under military rule following coup

The military of Myanmar on Monday overthrew the country’s democratic government in a coup d’état. And, demonstrators across Russia took to the streets protesting President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Also, people around the world are sending their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been taken to the hospital with the coronavirus.

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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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