A baby is delivered via cesarean section at the Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda. The facility is designed so that natural wind flows ventilate surgical suites, eliminating the need to burn fossil fuels to mechanically ventilate them.
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Alfred Sonandi plays around with a makeshift barbell — concrete poured into two tins on either end of a stick. People in the settlement of Covid don't usually wear masks: Living in such close quarters, they may (incorrectly) feel there's no point. They do mask up in public places where masking is mandatory.
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The fireworks of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, add smoke to the already polluted skies — and raise concerns about the impact of all that pollution on coronavirus cases. Here, a celebration takes place last year in Ahmedabad, India.
A staff member checks vaccines at a Beijing factory built by Sinovac to produce a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine. Sinovac is one of 11 Chinese companies approved to carry out clinical trials of potential vaccines.
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The pharmaceutical company Pfizer, and its partner BioNTech said their experimental vaccine against COVID-19 appears to work — and work quite well.
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Pretty Mkhabela, a HIV-positive sex worker in South Africa, gets antiretroviral drugs delivered to her house as part of a campaign to maintain treatment for HIV-positive patients during the pandemic. A new drug called cabotegravir could give women more options to protect themselves from HIV infection.
The World Health Organization, a U.N. agency founded in 1948, is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Trump had pledged to withdraw U.S. participation by July 2021. Biden says he will rejoin on the first day of his administration.
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