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STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Rochelle dos Santos helps her daughter with physical therapy. Many children with congenital Zika disorder are physically disabled. type=/Ueslie Marcilino/Undark Magazine hide caption

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Members of a team at the Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines lab in Cape Town, South Africa. The World Health Organization has enlisted the company to replicate Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Moderna won't share its vaccine recipe. WHO has hired an African startup to crack it

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An Afghan health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kandahar province in 2019. Since 2018, the Taliban has blocked polio vaccination campaigns in parts of the country it controls. Now they're reportedly changed their position. Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The character Ali Abdul (portrayed by actor Anupam Tripathi) is a Pakistani migrant worker in South Korea whose boss hasn't paid him in months. Ali joins a secret competition called Squid Game to earn money for his family. Noh Juhan/Netflix hide caption

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Omar Mohamed, left, and his brother, Hassan. In the graphic memoir he coauthored, When Stars Are Scattered, Mohamed shares what their life was like in the refugee camps in Kenya — and their journey to resettlement in the U.S. Omar Mohamed hide caption

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A patient with tuberculosis waits to be seen by a doctor at the Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Annual deaths from the infectious disease are on the rise after years of progress. Michele Spatari /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm vaccinated. Is it OK to sing into a karaoke mic again?

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The character Eric Effiong (portrayed by actor Ncuti Gatwa) is an openly gay British teen in the Netflix series Sex Education. In a storyline in the new season, Eric travels to his mother's homeland of Nigeria — where sex between men and sex between women are against the law — for a family wedding. Sam Taylor/Netflix hide caption

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A fisherman paddles through mangrove trees at the Tam Giang Lagoon in the Hue province of Vietnam. Mangroves lose all their leaves in winter, exposing their whitish trunks. Trung Pham Huy hide caption

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A friend's invitation to fly in for a visit at their vacation cabin came with a request for a COVID-19 precaution that seemed ... not very helpful. Michael Fox/EyeEm /Getty Images hide caption

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A nurse administers the world's first malaria vaccine during a 2019 pilot program in Ghana. The World Health Organization has now recommended the vaccine for use in countries with moderate to high levels of malaria transmission. Cristina Aldehuela/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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WHO greenlights the world's first malaria vaccine — but it's not a perfect shot

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Dr. Saleema Rehman stands outside Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The Afghan refugee of Turkmen origin has won UNHCR's Nansen Award for her work helping refugee moms and babies in Pakistan. Betsy Joles for NPR hide caption

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The Pandora Papers cite a number of leaders from lower-income countries or nations with great levels of inequality, among them Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (from left), Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, Bloomberg, Ludovic Marin/Getty Images hide caption

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Bassirou Ndao's horse ran away. He needed the animal for his farmwork and couldn't afford a replacement. Posting a photo on the Trouvés ou Perdus Facebook page led to an equine reunion. Bassirou Ndao hide caption

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To hug or not to hug? Experts say it depends on where you've been and your personal tolerance for risk. Malaka Gharib/ NPR hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm vaccinated. Can I give a hug — or a handshake — without risk?

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A report by the World Health Organization this week detailed 83 allegations of sexual abuse by its employees during the Ebola crisis that began in 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it a "dark day" for the U.N. body. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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