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Biochemist Daniela Beatriz Ori manipulates swab samples to make a real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis for COVID-19 testing at the biochemistry lab of Central Navy Hospital Dr. Pedro Malloon April 28, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)
Heavy snow falls as people wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a road in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, December 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People walk past a "we're open, heated terrace dining" sign at Eli's Essentials on the Upper East Side on February 02, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
Mother putting a face mask on her daughter. (August de Richelieu/ Pexels)

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Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

A World Health Organization official warned last week of a "closing window of opportunity" for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the Omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections.

People wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 ride a subway in Paris on Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Group: Tax rich to fund vaccines for poor hit by pandemic

Anti-poverty organization Oxfam called Monday for governments to impose a one-time 99 per cent tax on the world's billionaires and use the money to fund expanded production of vaccines for the poor -- part of an effort to combat global inequality widened by the coronavirus pandemic.

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