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Italy was for many weeks the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. Image: REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

Harry Kretchmer

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The disruption to vaccination programmes due to COVID-19 could lead to a spike in preventable deaths Image: WHO
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