Looking to the future after a year of the coronavirus crisis

March 10, 2021

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A man and woman are shown sitting on either side of a wooden railing and facing each other while wearing protective masks.

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit on a railing at in Beijing, July 2020.


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The pandemic was officially declared one year ago by the World Health Organization on Thursday. It is hard to fathom the magnitude and the losses since then. The World looks to how psychologists are bracing for the ripple effects in years to come. Also, the immense challenge of the global vaccination effort has led to some creativity in making the jab accessible. And, a new art project in Japan commemorates the earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster by speaking to some of the children and teenagers who experienced the quake and stayed.

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