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Coronavirus digest: Australian vaccine rollout like ‘Hunger Games’

Australians seeking a vaccine appointment was like the Hunger Games, the health minister of New South Wales says. Elsewhere, Joe Biden has hailed "independence" from COVID. Follow the latest on DW.

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