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Both sides of the Atlantic are delivering the same message right now: COVID-19 vaccine boosters will become a regular part of our life for years to come.

Why it matters: The variants are spreading fast, but our technology can keep pace on developing boosters, experts say.

  • From the U.K.: “We have to appreciate that we were always going to have to have booster doses; immunity to coronavirus doesn’t last forever,” COVID-19 Genomics UK head Sharon Peacock told Reuters.
  • From the U.S.: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told "Axios on HBO" the company expects people to need annual boosters for many years. Pfizer can turn around new versions of its vaccine in 116 days, if necessary.

The big picture: Peacock told Reuters she's most concerned about the COVID variant from South Africa and is also paying attention to the ones from the U.K. and Brazil.

  • “One of the things that the virus has taught me is that I can be wrong quite regularly — I have to be quite humble in the face of a virus that we know very little about still."

What's next: France, Germany, Italy and Spain are suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as EU regulators investigate reports of blood clots in recipients.

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In photos: Students evacuated as wildfire burns historic Cape Town buildings

Firefighters try, in vain, to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town, after a forest fire came down the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A massive wildfire spread from the foothills of Table Mountain to the University of Cape Town Sunday, burning historic South African buildings and forcing the evacuation of 4,000 students, per Times Live.

The big picture: Visitors to the Table Mountain National Park and other nearby attractions were also evacuated and several roads including a major highway, were closed. South Africa's oldest working windmill and the university's Jagger Library, which houses SA antiquities, are among the buildings damaged.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

3 killed, 2 wounded overnight in Kenosha bar shooting

Three people died and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries after a gunman entered bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, the police department said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest: Officers arrested a "person of interest" Sunday afternoon in connection with the 12:42 a.m. shooting and there's "no threat to the community at this time," per a later police statement.

Updated 3 hours ago - Sports

Big European soccer teams announce breakaway league

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) after striking the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, England, last Wednesday. Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

12 of world soccer's biggest and richest clubs announced Sunday they've formed a breakaway European "Super League" — with clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona Real Madrid, Juventus and A.C. Milan among those to sign up.

Why it matters: The prime ministers of the U.K. and Italy are among those to express concern at the move — which marks a massive overhaul of the sport's structure and finances, and it effectively ends the decades-old UEFA Champions League's run as the top tournament for European soccer.

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