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Polio vaccinator Zeenat Parveen, holding the clipboard, and a volunteer go door-to-door to reach children in Rawalpindi, a city near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Pakistan's Polio Playbook Has Lessons For Its COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

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A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX global program arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Wednesday, as Ghana received the group's first vaccine shipment. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky likens the call she got from the Biden team, asking her to lead the CDC amid a pandemic, to a hospital alarm that goes off when a patient's heart has stopped. "I got called during a code," she says. "And when you get called during a code, your job is to be there to help." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Biden's Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data To Save Lives

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Top left: An officer asks people to observe lockdown rules in Brighton, England. Bottom left: A protester at a lockdown demonstration in Brussels, Belgium last month. Top right: Malaysian health officers screen passengers with a thermal scanner at Kuala Lumpur Airport in January 2020. Bottom right: Employees eat their lunch in Wuhan, China, in March 2020. Luke Dray/Getty Images; Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images; Mohd Rasfan/AFP; Getty Images hide caption

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As a young woman, pregnant and HIV-positive, Maurine Murenga did not have easy access to drugs that could save her life. Today she is an activist for equitable health-care. The global distribution of coronavirus vaccines is an issue of concern. Victor Chavez/Getty Images hide caption

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History Repeats Itself: COVID-19 Vaccine Inequities Echo HIV Crisis

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On Jan. 19, the incoming Biden administration hosted memorial to lives lost to COVID-19 at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Since then another 100,000 Americans have died. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Health workers are briefed before conducting COVID-19 swab tests on public transportation drivers at a slum area in Manila. The Philippines is one of the Southeast Asian countries hit hardest by the pandemic. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers from the garment sector block a road during a protest to demand payment of due wages, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April 2020. They claimed that factories had not paid them after retailers and brands cancelled orders due to worldwide lockdown measures. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Marion Koopmans was part of a WHO team that traveled to Wuhan to investigate the start of the coronavirus pandemic. She tells NPR that the Wuhan seafood market was "not the whole story." Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Virologist: WHO Team Found No 'Credible Link' Between Wuhan Labs, COVID-19

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Eric Dossekpli, 49, is a farmer and father of six in the town of Anfoin Avele,Togo. He says he can no longer sell his crops as a result of the pandemic. Floriane Acouetey hide caption

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The average rate of confirmed coronavirus cases fell below 100,000 for the first time since Nov. 4, but health experts warn that highly infectious virus variants pose a serious risk to that downward trend. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A health worker inoculates 72-year-old Olga D'arc Pimentel with a dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. She lives on the banks of the Rio Negro near Manaus, Brazil. A small study in South Africa has raised concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine's effectiveness. Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An employee places bouquets on shelves in Bogotá on Feb. 1, as Colombia prepares to export flowers for Valentine's Day amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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There's A Good Chance Your Valentine's Flowers Come From Colombia

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A health officer in a protective suit collects a sample from a package of imported frozen food for a coronavirus rapid test at a wholesale market in China. Wu Zheng/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Can Frozen Food Spread The Coronavirus?

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