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Pictures of the year: COVID

People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease, at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease, at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease, at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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First responder Robson Felix da Silva, member of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, resuscitates a patient suspected to have the coronavirus in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

First responder Robson Felix da Silva, member of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, resuscitates a patient suspected to have the coronavirus in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

First responder Robson Felix da Silva, member of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, resuscitates a patient suspected to have the coronavirus in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
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Adrian James, 2, who tested positive for the coronavirus, breathes with the help of a ventilator at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, October 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

Adrian James, 2, who tested positive for the coronavirus, breathes with the help of a ventilator at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, October 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

Adrian James, 2, who tested positive for the coronavirus, breathes with the help of a ventilator at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, October 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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A protester confronts riot police officers during a demonstration against France's restrictions, including compulsory health passes, to fight the coronavirus pandemic, in Paris, France, September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A protester confronts riot police officers during a demonstration against France's restrictions, including compulsory health passes, to fight the coronavirus pandemic, in Paris, France, September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A protester confronts riot police officers during a demonstration against France's restrictions, including compulsory health passes, to fight the coronavirus pandemic, in Paris, France, September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her with their first in-person visit in a year, after COVID restrictions are lifted at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living facility primarily serving Japanese-American seniors, in Seattle, Washington, March 30, 2021.   REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her with their first in-person visit in a year, after COVID restrictions are lifted at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living facility primarily serving Japanese-American...more

Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her with their first in-person visit in a year, after COVID restrictions are lifted at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living facility primarily serving Japanese-American seniors, in Seattle, Washington, March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Long COVID sufferer Susana Matarranz, a 44-year-old primary school teacher, poses for a photograph taken through blue plastic, in Madrid, Spain, March 8, 2021. The photograph was taken through blue plastic to visualise the effects of long COVID. Matarranz gets emotional when she explains how much she misses her students. Matarranz got infected on March 1, 2020. At first, she only noticed the loss of smell and taste, but soon afterwards she started suffering from severe stomach problems and acute joint pain. "My right collar bone is swollen, I can barely lift my arm, I feel like I have aged prematurely," she said. Matarranz returned to work in September, but got infected a second time in November and hasn't been able to continue teaching ever since.  "The part of me that is my profession is empty, like that blackboard. A piece of my heart, which are my students, whom I love dearly, feels empty and I feel like at this moment there's nothing I can do to fill it in." REUTERS/Susana Vera

Long COVID sufferer Susana Matarranz, a 44-year-old primary school teacher, poses for a photograph taken through blue plastic, in Madrid, Spain, March 8, 2021. The photograph was taken through blue plastic to visualise the effects of long COVID....more

Long COVID sufferer Susana Matarranz, a 44-year-old primary school teacher, poses for a photograph taken through blue plastic, in Madrid, Spain, March 8, 2021. The photograph was taken through blue plastic to visualise the effects of long COVID. Matarranz gets emotional when she explains how much she misses her students. Matarranz got infected on March 1, 2020. At first, she only noticed the loss of smell and taste, but soon afterwards she started suffering from severe stomach problems and acute joint pain. "My right collar bone is swollen, I can barely lift my arm, I feel like I have aged prematurely," she said. Matarranz returned to work in September, but got infected a second time in November and hasn't been able to continue teaching ever since.  "The part of me that is my profession is empty, like that blackboard. A piece of my heart, which are my students, whom I love dearly, feels empty and I feel like at this moment there's nothing I can do to fill it in." REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Kelvia Andrea Goncalves, 16, is supported by her aunt Vanderleia dos Reis Brasao, 37, as she reacts during the burial of her mother Andrea dos Reis Brasao, 39, who passed away due to the coronavirus, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, January 17, 2021.   
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Kelvia Andrea Goncalves, 16, is supported by her aunt Vanderleia dos Reis Brasao, 37, as she reacts during the burial of her mother Andrea dos Reis Brasao, 39, who passed away due to the coronavirus, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil,...more

Kelvia Andrea Goncalves, 16, is supported by her aunt Vanderleia dos Reis Brasao, 37, as she reacts during the burial of her mother Andrea dos Reis Brasao, 39, who passed away due to the coronavirus, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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A man is doused by a water cannon during clashes as people gather at the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos park for a party called "La Boum 2" in defiance of Belgium's coronavirus social distancing measures and restrictions, in Brussels, Belgium, May 1.    REUTERS/Yves Herman

A man is doused by a water cannon during clashes as people gather at the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos park for a party called "La Boum 2" in defiance of Belgium's coronavirus social distancing measures and restrictions, in Brussels, Belgium, May...more

A man is doused by a water cannon during clashes as people gather at the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos park for a party called "La Boum 2" in defiance of Belgium's coronavirus social distancing measures and restrictions, in Brussels, Belgium, May 1. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Boris Bryant, a COVID positive patient, lays in his isolation room at the Covid-19 unit at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Boris Bryant, a COVID positive patient, lays in his isolation room at the Covid-19 unit at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Boris Bryant, a COVID positive patient, lays in his isolation room at the Covid-19 unit at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Mr Lordi of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi receives the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination in an event organized in Rovaniemi, Finland, August 1, 2021.    Lehtikuva/Jouni Porsanger

Mr Lordi of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi receives the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination in an event organized in Rovaniemi, Finland, August 1, 2021. Lehtikuva/Jouni Porsanger

Mr Lordi of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi receives the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination in an event organized in Rovaniemi, Finland, August 1, 2021. Lehtikuva/Jouni Porsanger
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Medical workers move a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital in Athens, Greece, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

Medical workers move a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital in Athens, Greece, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

Medical workers move a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital in Athens, Greece, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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Betty Nelson, 81, who got in line at 6 a.m., reads on her tablet while waiting for a coronavirus vaccine clinic run by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe to open in Sequim, Washington, January 23, 2021. The tribe, which is sharing its excess vaccines with Sequim residents, was able to begin the first-come, first-served site earlier than other locations in the state due to its tribal sovereignty.  
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Betty Nelson, 81, who got in line at 6 a.m., reads on her tablet while waiting for a coronavirus vaccine clinic run by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe to open in Sequim, Washington, January 23, 2021. The tribe, which is sharing its excess vaccines with...more

Betty Nelson, 81, who got in line at 6 a.m., reads on her tablet while waiting for a coronavirus vaccine clinic run by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe to open in Sequim, Washington, January 23, 2021. The tribe, which is sharing its excess vaccines with Sequim residents, was able to begin the first-come, first-served site earlier than other locations in the state due to its tribal sovereignty. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Women hide their faces in a night club during a civil police operation tackling COVID restrictions violations, amid a rise in coronavirus disease cases and deaths in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2, 2021.  
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Women hide their faces in a night club during a civil police operation tackling COVID restrictions violations, amid a rise in coronavirus disease cases and deaths in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Women hide their faces in a night club during a civil police operation tackling COVID restrictions violations, amid a rise in coronavirus disease cases and deaths in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
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A migrant worker passes his son through a bus window as they return to their village, after Delhi government ordered a six-day lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus, in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A migrant worker passes his son through a bus window as they return to their village, after Delhi government ordered a six-day lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus, in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 20, 2021....more

A migrant worker passes his son through a bus window as they return to their village, after Delhi government ordered a six-day lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus, in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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People line up for coronavirus tests in their vehicles at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

People line up for coronavirus tests in their vehicles at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

People line up for coronavirus tests in their vehicles at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A drone sprays disinfectant over volunteers disinfecting a school following local cases of the coronavirus in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, 27, 2021.    China Daily via REUTERS

A drone sprays disinfectant over volunteers disinfecting a school following local cases of the coronavirus in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, 27, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

A drone sprays disinfectant over volunteers disinfecting a school following local cases of the coronavirus in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, 27, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS
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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Daran Duffy, together with his wife and daughter, wear yellow stars on their chest, in the style of the Star of David, during an appearance before the Special Committee on Government Overreach and the Impact of COVID-19 Mandates to complain about the implications of forcing employees to choose between an injection or losing their job, according to local media, in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., November 12, 2021.     Thad Allton - Kansas Reflector

Daran Duffy, together with his wife and daughter, wear yellow stars on their chest, in the style of the Star of David, during an appearance before the Special Committee on Government Overreach and the Impact of COVID-19 Mandates to complain about the...more

Daran Duffy, together with his wife and daughter, wear yellow stars on their chest, in the style of the Star of David, during an appearance before the Special Committee on Government Overreach and the Impact of COVID-19 Mandates to complain about the implications of forcing employees to choose between an injection or losing their job, according to local media, in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., November 12, 2021. Thad Allton - Kansas Reflector
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Stuttgart Ballet company dancers Elisa Badenes and Friedemann Vogel take part in a performance entitled "Social Distance Stacks" from conceptual artist Florian Mehnert at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany, February 26, 2021.    REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Stuttgart Ballet company dancers Elisa Badenes and Friedemann Vogel take part in a performance entitled "Social Distance Stacks" from conceptual artist Florian Mehnert at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany, February 26, 2021. ...more

Stuttgart Ballet company dancers Elisa Badenes and Friedemann Vogel take part in a performance entitled "Social Distance Stacks" from conceptual artist Florian Mehnert at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany, February 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
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Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease are treated at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi, India, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease are treated at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi, India, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease are treated at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi, India, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Patients suffering from the coronavirus lay in beds at the Stark Arena sports venue, turned into a COVID-19 hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, April 22, 2021.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Patients suffering from the coronavirus lay in beds at the Stark Arena sports venue, turned into a COVID-19 hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Patients suffering from the coronavirus lay in beds at the Stark Arena sports venue, turned into a COVID-19 hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Dr. Mayank Amin draws the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a clinic ran by Skippack Pharmacy in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 7, 2021.    REUTERS/Hannah Beier

Dr. Mayank Amin draws the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a clinic ran by Skippack Pharmacy in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier

Dr. Mayank Amin draws the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a clinic ran by Skippack Pharmacy in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier
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Municipal health workers travel on a boat along the Solimoes river banks, where Ribeirinhos (river dwellers) live, to administer the AstraZeneca/Oxford virus vaccine for the coronavirus to the residents, in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, February 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Municipal health workers travel on a boat along the Solimoes river banks, where Ribeirinhos (river dwellers) live, to administer the AstraZeneca/Oxford virus vaccine for the coronavirus to the residents, in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil,...more

Municipal health workers travel on a boat along the Solimoes river banks, where Ribeirinhos (river dwellers) live, to administer the AstraZeneca/Oxford virus vaccine for the coronavirus to the residents, in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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People wait to receive a dose of the coronavirus vaccine at an immediate vaccination center operating at the Sadat underground metro station, in Cairo, Egypt, November 14, 2021.    REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

People wait to receive a dose of the coronavirus vaccine at an immediate vaccination center operating at the Sadat underground metro station, in Cairo, Egypt, November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

People wait to receive a dose of the coronavirus vaccine at an immediate vaccination center operating at the Sadat underground metro station, in Cairo, Egypt, November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Ardi Novriansyah, 41, a volunteer undertaker wears personal protective equipment as he takes a short-break while carrying the coffin of 64-year-old Yoyoh Sa'diah who passed away due to complications related to COVID-19 whilst isolating at her home in Bogor, West Java province, Indonesia, July 8, 2021. Ardi says his interest in humanity led him to take such a difficult job along with the camaraderie with his fellow volunteers. "What's important is that we have a desire to help as volunteers, for humanity."  REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Ardi Novriansyah, 41, a volunteer undertaker wears personal protective equipment as he takes a short-break while carrying the coffin of 64-year-old Yoyoh Sa'diah who passed away due to complications related to COVID-19 whilst isolating at her home in...more

Ardi Novriansyah, 41, a volunteer undertaker wears personal protective equipment as he takes a short-break while carrying the coffin of 64-year-old Yoyoh Sa'diah who passed away due to complications related to COVID-19 whilst isolating at her home in Bogor, West Java province, Indonesia, July 8, 2021. Ardi says his interest in humanity led him to take such a difficult job along with the camaraderie with his fellow volunteers. "What's important is that we have a desire to help as volunteers, for humanity."  REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Nirma Devi, 31, and Phula Devi, 30, hold boxes containing COVISHIELD vaccines as they pose for a picture at Malana village in Kullu district in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India, September 14, 2021. Despite the hostile terrain, the northern state of Himachal Pradesh became the first in India to administer at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose in all its adults. The steep topography was a challenge overcome by health workers walking for hours or days to reach remote villages.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Nirma Devi, 31, and Phula Devi, 30, hold boxes containing COVISHIELD vaccines as they pose for a picture at Malana village in Kullu district in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India, September 14, 2021. Despite the hostile terrain, the...more

Nirma Devi, 31, and Phula Devi, 30, hold boxes containing COVISHIELD vaccines as they pose for a picture at Malana village in Kullu district in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India, September 14, 2021. Despite the hostile terrain, the northern state of Himachal Pradesh became the first in India to administer at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose in all its adults. The steep topography was a challenge overcome by health workers walking for hours or days to reach remote villages.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A healthcare worker is pictured at a swabbing station during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su

A healthcare worker is pictured at a swabbing station during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su

A healthcare worker is pictured at a swabbing station during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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A patient suffering from mental illness, treated by the Jamrud Biru foundation, reacts as he receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus during a vaccination program in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A patient suffering from mental illness, treated by the Jamrud Biru foundation, reacts as he receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus during a vaccination program in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, August 4, 2021....more

A patient suffering from mental illness, treated by the Jamrud Biru foundation, reacts as he receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus during a vaccination program in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana
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An aerial view of a barricade of burned cars and debris on a round-about blocking the traffic on highway N1 after violent demonstrations which broke out over COVID-19 protocols, in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe, November 23, 2021.  REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

An aerial view of a barricade of burned cars and debris on a round-about blocking the traffic on highway N1 after violent demonstrations which broke out over COVID-19 protocols, in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe, November 23, 2021.  REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

An aerial view of a barricade of burned cars and debris on a round-about blocking the traffic on highway N1 after violent demonstrations which broke out over COVID-19 protocols, in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe, November 23, 2021.  REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo
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Penny Parkin, 69, who was exposed to COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, takes her daily afternoon nap while her husband, John Parkin, 85, reads the newspaper, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 17, 2021. When I tell my husband that I’m really tired he says to stop what you’re doing and just lie down.” said Parkin as she continues to suffer from long term effects of the coronavirus disease. REUTERS/Hannah Beier

Penny Parkin, 69, who was exposed to COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, takes her daily afternoon nap while her husband, John Parkin, 85, reads the newspaper, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 17, 2021. When I tell my husband that I’m really tired he...more

Penny Parkin, 69, who was exposed to COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, takes her daily afternoon nap while her husband, John Parkin, 85, reads the newspaper, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 17, 2021. When I tell my husband that I’m really tired he says to stop what you’re doing and just lie down.” said Parkin as she continues to suffer from long term effects of the coronavirus disease. REUTERS/Hannah Beier
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A paramedic aboard an ambulance holds a white balloon during a tribute for nurse Hortencia Collazo, who died of the coronavirus, outside the hospital where she worked in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

A paramedic aboard an ambulance holds a white balloon during a tribute for nurse Hortencia Collazo, who died of the coronavirus, outside the hospital where she worked in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

A paramedic aboard an ambulance holds a white balloon during a tribute for nurse Hortencia Collazo, who died of the coronavirus, outside the hospital where she worked in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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Municipal healthcare workers examine the body of Shirlene Morais Costa, who died at home at the age of 53 after reporting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, in Manaus, Brazil, January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Municipal healthcare workers examine the body of Shirlene Morais Costa, who died at home at the age of 53 after reporting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, in Manaus, Brazil, January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Municipal healthcare workers examine the body of Shirlene Morais Costa, who died at home at the age of 53 after reporting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, in Manaus, Brazil, January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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Five year-old Milo from Chula Vista, California, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Rady's Children's hospital vaccination clinic in San Diego, California, U.S., November 3, 2021.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Five year-old Milo from Chula Vista, California, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Rady's Children's hospital vaccination clinic in San Diego, California, U.S., November 3, 2021.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Five year-old Milo from Chula Vista, California, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Rady's Children's hospital vaccination clinic in San Diego, California, U.S., November 3, 2021.  REUTERS/Mike Blake
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People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel February 7, 2021.     REUTERS/Amir Cohen

People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

People take part in a screaming session as they seek emotional release from coronavirus confinements, in an open area near Ra'anana, Israel February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez pauses before moving some caskets at the Hollywood Forever cemetery as it struggles to keep up with demand during the outbreak of coronavirus in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2021.          REUTERS/Mike Blake

Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez pauses before moving some caskets at the Hollywood Forever cemetery as it struggles to keep up with demand during the outbreak of coronavirus in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2021.       REUTERS/Mike...more

Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez pauses before moving some caskets at the Hollywood Forever cemetery as it struggles to keep up with demand during the outbreak of coronavirus in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2021.       REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Performers react as they watch a pop up Broadway performance in anticipation of Broadway reopening, in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Performers react as they watch a pop up Broadway performance in anticipation of Broadway reopening, in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Performers react as they watch a pop up Broadway performance in anticipation of Broadway reopening, in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-3 unit's Dr Navid Behzadi Koochani treats a patient inside his home during the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain, March 2, 2021. "These are situations that affect you emotionally... You're there the next day thinking over how fragile life really is and, on the other hand, how lucky we are to be alive," said Behzadi.     REUTERS/Juan Medina

Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-3 unit's Dr Navid Behzadi Koochani treats a patient inside his home during the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain, March 2, 2021. "These are situations that affect you emotionally... You're there the next day...more

Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) UVI-3 unit's Dr Navid Behzadi Koochani treats a patient inside his home during the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain, March 2, 2021. "These are situations that affect you emotionally... You're there the next day thinking over how fragile life really is and, on the other hand, how lucky we are to be alive," said Behzadi. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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Antonio Cervantes brings gifts to the grave of his wife Gabriela, who died of the coronavirus, for Valentine's Day, at a cemetery in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Antonio Cervantes brings gifts to the grave of his wife Gabriela, who died of the coronavirus, for Valentine's Day, at a cemetery in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Antonio Cervantes brings gifts to the grave of his wife Gabriela, who died of the coronavirus, for Valentine's Day, at a cemetery in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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Nicky Clough visits her mother Pam Harrison in her bedroom at Alexander House Care Home for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions began to ease, in London, Britain, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Nicky Clough visits her mother Pam Harrison in her bedroom at Alexander House Care Home for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions began to ease, in London, Britain, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Nicky Clough visits her mother Pam Harrison in her bedroom at Alexander House Care Home for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions began to ease, in London, Britain, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
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New York City Fire Department (FDNY) union members, municipal workers and others demonstrate during a protest against the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, U.S., October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) union members, municipal workers and others demonstrate during a protest against the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, U.S., October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) union members, municipal workers and others demonstrate during a protest against the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, U.S., October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A woman cries during the cremation of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A woman cries during the cremation of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A woman cries during the cremation of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Bianca Toniolo, 3, smiles as she has a video call with her mother Chiara Zuddas, 32, who is self-isolating in a bedroom after having contact with someone with coronavirus, in this picture taken by Bianca's father who is also in quarantine at home with his family in San Fiorano, Italy, February 9, 2021.   
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Bianca Toniolo, 3, smiles as she has a video call with her mother Chiara Zuddas, 32, who is self-isolating in a bedroom after having contact with someone with coronavirus, in this picture taken by Bianca's father who is also in quarantine at home...more

Bianca Toniolo, 3, smiles as she has a video call with her mother Chiara Zuddas, 32, who is self-isolating in a bedroom after having contact with someone with coronavirus, in this picture taken by Bianca's father who is also in quarantine at home with his family in San Fiorano, Italy, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Marzio Toniolo
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Zaquiel Augusto da Silva, 82, waits for Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in his room, as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to the elderly who cannot leave home, in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Zaquiel Augusto da Silva, 82, waits for Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in his room, as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to the elderly who cannot leave home, in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 12, 2021....more

Zaquiel Augusto da Silva, 82, waits for Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in his room, as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to the elderly who cannot leave home, in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newly born grandson Rocco while arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the U.S. reopens land borders to coronavirus vaccinated travelers for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, in New York, November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newly born grandson Rocco while arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the U.S. reopens land borders to coronavirus vaccinated travelers for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions...more

Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newly born grandson Rocco while arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the U.S. reopens land borders to coronavirus vaccinated travelers for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, in New York, November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Aanchal Sharma cries over the body of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, inside an ambulance at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 30, 2021.    REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Aanchal Sharma cries over the body of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, inside an ambulance at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Aanchal Sharma cries over the body of her husband, who died from the coronavirus, inside an ambulance at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A worker rests while preparing a grave at a burial area provided by the government for coronavirus victims, as case surge in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A worker rests while preparing a grave at a burial area provided by the government for coronavirus victims, as case surge in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A worker rests while preparing a grave at a burial area provided by the government for coronavirus victims, as case surge in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A nursing home resident receives a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine as Chile starts to vaccinate elderly people living in nursing homes in Santiago, Chile, February 4, 2021.  
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A nursing home resident receives a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine as Chile starts to vaccinate elderly people living in nursing homes in Santiago, Chile, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A nursing home resident receives a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine as Chile starts to vaccinate elderly people living in nursing homes in Santiago, Chile, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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A health worker from St Thomas' hospital stands behind a wall being painted in hearts as a memorial to all those who have died so far in the UK from COVID-19, in London, Britain, March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A health worker from St Thomas' hospital stands behind a wall being painted in hearts as a memorial to all those who have died so far in the UK from COVID-19, in London, Britain, March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A health worker from St Thomas' hospital stands behind a wall being painted in hearts as a memorial to all those who have died so far in the UK from COVID-19, in London, Britain, March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A patient suffering from the coronavirus breathes with a mask in an isolation room at a hospital in Bogor, Indonesia, January 26, 2021.     REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A patient suffering from the coronavirus breathes with a mask in an isolation room at a hospital in Bogor, Indonesia, January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A patient suffering from the coronavirus breathes with a mask in an isolation room at a hospital in Bogor, Indonesia, January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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