The primary health care center in Banail, India, has no doctor, medicines or coronavirus tests even as villagers report 20 suspected coronavirus deaths in two weeks. (Niha Masih/The Washington Post)
Rural areas, where over 65 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people live, had been spared in the first wave of the pandemic but are now facing devastating numbers of infections.
For months, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other officials have warned that the vast global gap in vaccine access is not only a “catastrophic moral failure” but a threat to public health.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joins Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in loosening restriction for fully vaccinated people based on new federal guidance.
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Telling vaccinated people they can discard their masks signals the power of the shots, but critics say the move is hasty and difficult to implement with a majority of Americans still unprotected.
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