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The World This Year: vaccines and variants, Biden’s battles, Myanmar coup, Ethiopia civil war

By France24
23 December 2021   |   7:47 am
2021 began with the promise of vaccines to the rescue. But as one variant begets another, rich nations talk of boosters and jabs for kids while much of the developing world still waits for first doses.

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