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Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe

In this Saturday, Feb. 7, 2021 file photo, people crowd Via del Corso shopping street in Rome, following the ease of restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Europe recorded 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and ending a six-week …

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Countries call on drug companies to share vaccine know-how

Production personnel perform a visual inspection of filled vaccine vials inside the Incepta plant on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh Saturday Feb. 13, 2021. In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany, its immaculate hallways lined …

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South Korea starts vaccinating, but people over 65 must wait

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from left, watches a doctor receives a shot of AstraZeneca vaccine at a public health center in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. South Korea on Friday administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities, launching a …

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Coronavirus variant hunter discusses work

Sharon Peacock, Author provided The UK is a world leader in sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of all the coronavirus genomes that have been sequenced in the world, nearly half have been sequenced by COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (Cog-UK). The consortium began life on March 4 when Sharon …

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Half a million dead in US, confirming virus’s tragic reach

In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has almost topped 500,000—a number so staggering that a top health researchers …

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Russia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed

A Russian medical worker administers a shot of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to 75-year-old Maria Piparinen in a local rural medical post in the village of Ikhala in Russia’s Karelia region, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Piparinen and other elderly residents were relieved when they heard that doctors were finally …

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Scalable representation of time in the hippocampus

Scalable time representation of CA1 neurons in the temporal bisection task. (A) Schematic of the task (task 1). The rats ran on the treadmill for long or short intervals and then selected the left or right arm associated with water reward for long or short intervals, respectively. Sets of intervals …

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Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

Nurses picket Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Faribault, Minn., during a healthcare worker protest of a shortage on protective masks. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S.  finds itself with many millions of N95 masks pouring out of American factories and heading into storage. Yet there still aren’t nearly …

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Some Europeans get choosy about which vaccines they want

A Polish teacher is vaccinated against the coronavirus with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Krakow, Poland, Friday Feb. 12, 2021. As Poland began vaccinating teachers on Friday, many say they are unhappy that they are getting AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, rather than the Pfizer shots earmarked for health care workers …

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