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Maillard Howell, head of fitness at Reebok and co-owner of Dean CrossFit, doesn't promise clients they'll be the most ripped person on the beach. Instead, he tells them, "you're going to be able to play with your kids without getting out of breath." Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Palestinian Health Ministry staff members in Nablus receive 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States through through the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative on Aug. 24, 2021. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A health care worker prepares third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for a senior living facility in Worcester, Pa., in late August. Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers say all three authorized COVID vaccines are good at keeping people out of the hospital, but Moderna seems to have the longest-lasting protection. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lions watch visitors from their enclosure on the opening day of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC on July 24, 2020, after it closed due to COVID-19 outbreak in March. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Yroné Camelia Araujo Barreto, a 50-year-old Venezuelan migrant living in Quito, Ecuador, at the dining room table. She is eating a traditional Venezuelan dish of cachapa, round dough made from corn, filled with pork. She typically eats two meals a day if she's lucky enough to afford it. Yolanda Escobar Jimenez for NPR hide caption

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A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an "alarming" increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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According to the CDC, between March and May, 2020, hospitals across the country saw a 24% increase in mental health emergency visits by kids aged 5 to 11 years old, and a 31% increase for kids 12 to 17. Annie Otzen/Getty Images hide caption

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White flags stand near the Washington Monument on Tuesday during installation of a temporary art exhibit on the National Mall. More than 630,000 flags are part of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's In America: Remember, honoring Americans who have died of COVID-19. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Miniature gardens are planted on the rooftops of unused taxis parked in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term "rooftop garden." Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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A plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 25. The airline industry hasn't come out against a government-imposed vaccine mandate for domestic travel, but the U.S. Travel Association, which represents a broader coalition of travel-dependent businesses, has. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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With Vaccines Now Mandated For Workplaces, Will A Travel Mandate Be Next?

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Medical professionals pronate a 39-year-old unvaccinated COVID-19 patient last month at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Kyle Green/AP hide caption

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Medical staff tend to COVID-19 patients at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris in April. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The company's headquarters in Stamford, Conn., is shown here in 2019. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Philip Morris International is buying Vectura, a large asthma inhaler-maker, in a move that health groups have urged Vectura shareholders to reject on both ethical and practical grounds. Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Nicki Minaj attends the Oscar de la Renta show during Fashion Week in New York in 2018. The White House is offering to connect Minaj with one of the Biden administration's doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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Charlie Callagan's bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma was recently postponed at the last minute because Oregon hospitals are overwhelmed with treating COVID-19 patients. Erik Neumann / Jefferson Public Radio hide caption

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Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Oregon Hospitals Postpone Surgeries And Cancer Care

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Front-line caregivers wait in line to receive a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine in December at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Loren Holmes/Pool photo/Anchorage Daily News via AP hide caption

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A street is blocked with carts and trash cans in the seaside city of Vung Tau, Vietnam on Sept. 13, 2021. More than a half of Vietnam is under lockdown to contain its worst virus outbreak yet Hau Dinh/AP hide caption

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