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Gerhardt Boukes, chief scientist at Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, formulates mRNA for use in a vaccine against COVID-19. The company — based in Cape Town, South Africa — is the linchpin of a global project to enable low- and middle-income countries to make mRNA vaccines against all manner of diseases. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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My grandpa Yeye and grandma Nainai. After they both caught COVID last December when China abruptly lifted its restrictions, my grandparents have felt significantly weaker. Their morning walks now consist of more resting than walking. To my grandparents, the virus should've been a death sentence. However, they were still kicking and cooking on my screen on a video call last week. Laura Gao for NPR hide caption

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Ukrainian refugee Anastasiia Ivanova says her faith is what's helped her get through all of her trials. She brought her Bible with her when the family fled Kharkiv for a new home in Brazil. But a new crisis made her wonder if Brazil was the right place for her. Gabriela Portilho/NPR hide caption

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Back in March, four or five goats scrambled along the streets of San Francisco and became instantly famous as videos of their runabout were posted on social media. What became of the runaway ruminants? screengrab by NPR via u/kevin1760/Reddit hide caption

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screengrab by NPR via u/kevin1760/Reddit

A woman walks in front of a house damaged by shelling in the city of Wukro, in Tigray, Ethiopia. A new report indicates that military forces have engaged in hundreds of sexual assaults on girls and women. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Whatever happened in Ethiopia: Did the cease-fire bring an end to civilian suffering?

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Mohammad Saud (left) is one of two bird-saving brothers profiled in the documentary All The Breathes. Above, he and his employee and friend Salik Rehman tend to an injured kite. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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Justine Adhiambo Obura with one of the "No Sex for Fish" boats at Nduru beach. She is the chairperson of the cooperative that came up with a radical idea in a community where fishermen often demanded transactional sex before giving a supply of fish to a woman to sell: What if women had their own boats and hired men to fish for them? Viola Kosome for NPR hide caption

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Sam Nugraha, who himself was once addicted to heroin, started a rehab center in Indonesia with a different philosophy than abstinence-based programs. Funding from the government dried up — but then a new opportunity opened up. Julia Simon for NPR hide caption

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Whatever happened to the Indonesian rehab that didn't insist on abstinence?

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Newborn baby Amina is treated for the gun wound in her right leg incurred during the May 12, 2020 attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul. After being rescued, she was brought to the French Medical Institute for Children for surgery. Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ibrahim Songne, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, opened a pizza spot called IBRIS in the Italian town of Trento. He overcame local prejudices — and now has been named to a list of the world's top 50 pizzerias. Marilena Umuhoza Delli for NPR hide caption

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Sikhulile Moyo, the laboratory director at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute and a research associate with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, headed the team that identified the omicron variant. Leabaneng Natasha Moyo hide caption

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Leabaneng Natasha Moyo

The Corbevax vaccine was invented at the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and intended for countries that couldn't get access to more expensive COVID vaccines. India has inoculated millions of teens with Corbevax (above, a vaccination drive for children ages 12-14 at a school in Bangalore) and on August 10 authorized the vaccine as a booster for adults. Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Whatever happened to the new no-patent COVID vaccine touted as a global game changer?

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Urban farmer Victor Edalia (right) with three beneficiaries of his free veggies in 2020 (left to right): Sheila Musimbi, a single mom; Celine Oinga, who comes from a family of 9 siblings; and Jackline Oyamo, jobless due to the pandemic. He's expanded his garden — and giveaways — since then. Thomas Bwire hide caption

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, an activist from Malawi, was one of six recipients of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize. Majiga-Kamoto has been campaigning to convince Malawi to implement a ban on thin plastics. Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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Goldman Environmental Prize

Fiona ten Have and Patrick Phiri pose for a wedding portrait in front of the same hedge where NPR photographed them during his first visit to the Netherlands (see photo, below). Julia Gunther hide caption

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Dr. Aleksandra Shchebet is a Ukrainian neurologist whose professional and personal life were upended when the war with Russia began. After fleeing Kyiv, Dr. Shchebet found another way to help; sorting, packing and loading food and medical supplies onto trucks for delivery elsewhere into the country. She's now returned to Kyiv and sees patients affected by the war. Eugenia Zabuga/Aleksandra Shchebet hide caption

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Whatever happened to the caring Ukrainian neurologist who didn't let war stop her

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A meeting of the table banking group at the home of a member. The photo is from 2019, when No Sex for Fish (and the village) were thriving. Julia Gunther for NPR hide caption

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A road blockade set up during the Nipah virus outbreak in the southern Indian state of Kerala this month. C.K. Thanseer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images hide caption

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