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Instead of waiting to hear from her first choice, the University of Virginia, Haila Amin opted for a program which starts with two years in France. (Yan Cong for The Post)

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Lehua Gray has volunteered to test a coronavirus vaccine through a website called 1Day Sooner, which aims to reduce the time until FDA approval by crowdsourcing volunteers. (Julia Robinson for The Post)

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Strasburg flexes his hand during Friday’s game against the Orioles (Jonathan Newton/The Post).

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The lack of ingredient transparency on bottle labels leaves wines vulnerable to assertions of health claims and marketing of “clean” wines. (Getty Images)
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