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ICYMI – Indian vaccine boxes and German ballot boxes make way for the future

Earlier this month, Reuters photojournalist accompanied a COVID-19 vaccination team who set off deep into the Himalayas, trekking to the Indian village of Malana to administer vaccines the adult population there. Malana sits within the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, a region with a tourism-dependent economy. In a push to protect communities and immunize popular tourism hotspots, health workers went to great lengths to reach some of the region’s most remote villages and vaccinate the 5 million adults living there.

As blue vaccine boxes traversed across India, ballot boxes took the spotlight in Germany as the country participated in an election that will eventually see a replacement for Angela Merkel, who served as chancellor for 16 years. After exit polls predicted a tie between the Merkel’s CDP party and their rivals SDP, the centre-left SDP party won a narrow lead by the end of the night.

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