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In some hospitals, like this one in Chongqing, one of China's largest cities, patients are lying on gurneys in the lobby because beds have run out. Noel CELIS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Fears of a 'dark COVID winter' in rural China grow as the holiday rush begins

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Tourists still stop by to see the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Cairo, Ill., where commercial ships dock on the banks. A history of racial tension dating to the Civil War still stings in Cairo. And like many rural towns across the U.S., the community feels underappreciated and misunderstood. Cara Anthony/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Gene Bracegirdle is relieved to get his first dose of the vaccine recently in rural Colorado. Matt Bloom/KUNC hide caption

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Off To A Slow Start — But Not In Some Rural Areas

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Political divisions over the pandemic are creating a wedge and splitting off health care workers from small communities that desperately need them. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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'Toxic Individualism': Pandemic Politics Driving Health Care Workers From Small Towns

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