DW talks to virologist Hendrik Streeck, a researcher at the University of Bonn in Germany.
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In scenes akin to New Year's Eve celebrations, impromptu street fiestas erupted across Spain as a six-month state of emergency, imposed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, ended.
Experts have said that negative publicity combined with a shortage of vaccines are keeping people from getting inoculated. The country has vaccinated just 0.8% of its total population.
The interior minister is the latest in Chancellor Merkel's Cabinet to become infected. Japan is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases with the Olympics just over 10 weeks away. Follow DW for the latest.
While many hope the easing of patents will make vaccines more accessible, South African virologist Wolfgang Preiser warns much of the developing world still lacks the means to produce vaccines on the required scale.
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