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A pharmacist administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a worker at a processing plant in Arkansas City, Kan., on Friday, March 5, 2021. Researchers are concerned that vaccination rates in some rural communities may not keep up with urban rates. Doug Barrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Lagging Vaccination Rates Among Rural Seniors Hint At Brewing Rural-Urban Divide

As adults of all ages get access to the COVID-19 vaccines, health researchers worry that the trend could worsen.

Brooke Parker, an organizer with the group Solutions Oriented Addiction Response, displays an HIV testing kit in Charleston, W.Va., in March. Outbreaks of HIV/AIDS are expected to rise as resources have been redirected to the fight against COVID-19 — delaying and sometimes cutting off HIV testing and treatment. John Raby/AP hide caption

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Strides Against HIV/AIDS In The U.S. Falter As Resources Diverted To Fight COVID-19

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Experts fear steep declines in testing and diagnoses mean more people will contract HIV and die of AIDS. The problem is particularly acute in the South, the epicenter of the nation's HIV crisis.

If passed, two new bills in Congress would extend the reporting deadlines for 2020 census results, which are now months overdue after the pandemic and interference by Trump officials upended last year's national count. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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After A Disrupted Census, Congress Tries Again To Extend Deadlines For Results

The 2020 census results are months overdue after COVID-19 upended the national count. Efforts to extend reporting deadlines stalled last year after Trump officials decided to cut short counting.

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Taking On Climate Change At Home: How You Can Cut Carbon Emissions

Much of the energy used in buildings comes from burning fossil fuels — so if you want to slow down climate change, your home is one of the first places to look.

Taking On Climate Change At Home: How You Can Cut Carbon Emissions

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Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno addresses supporters at an election campaign rally in N'djamena earlier this month. The government announced Tuesday that Déby had died at the front line during clashes with rebels. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Chad's President, Idriss Déby, Reportedly Killed During Clash With Rebels

The death of Déby, who came to power in 1990, was announced a day after his re-election for a sixth term was certified. The army said that his son, a four-star general, will become interim president.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan speaks to the media in Moscow, last year. In a statement on Tuesday, Sullivan said he would return to the U.S. for "consultations" amid deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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U.S. Ambassador To Russia Returns To Washington As Relations Sour Further

John Sullivan is returning for "consultations" after a new round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and Washington last week.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 18, is adding vaccine inequality to her agenda. In a speech on Monday, she said it was "unethical" to vaccinate young people in rich countries when health workers in low resource countries aren't yet inoculated. WHO/Screengrab by NPR hide caption

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Eco-Activist Greta Thunberg Has A New Issue: The Moral Threat of Vaccine Inequality

The 18-year-old gave her point of view at a World Health Organization press conference, saying it's "unethical" to vaccinate young people in wealthy countries ahead of health workers in poor places.

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You Sent Us Your Poems. Here Are The Ones That Resonated With Poets

'Tis the season to fill our feeds; need not rhyme nor reason for our poetry needs. Help NPR celebrate with your original poems on social media. Each week, we'll enlist poets to pick their favorites.

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