The challenge of developing a variant-proof vaccine

April 06, 2021

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People wait in line for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, at San Pedro Hospital, in Logrono, Spain, March 24, 2021.


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The world needs a coronavirus vaccine that can protect people against emerging variants. But this idea — a vaccine to combat multiple strains — is easier said than done. And, the number of transgender people who hide their identity at work has risen sharply in Britain. Also, a few years ago, banning plastic straws was the hot environmental trend. China is on board and banned disposable plastic in restaurants at the beginning of this year, generating a backlash from bubble-tea fans. 

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