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A doctor prepares to conduct coronavirus testing on patients at a drive-in clinic at a hospital in Gross Gerau, Germany, on March 9. Photo: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

This Thursday marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

The big picture: Coronavirus vaccine rollouts are accelerating in the U.S. and elsewhere. The WHO remains concerned about disparities, with rich countries snapping up vaccine doses. The pandemic has had a huge economic impact, with much of the world locking down to prevent the virus' spread. Governments have been providing relief packages and are looking to reopen safely.

People check electronic tickets on mobile phones on March 9, as a New York City movie theater reopens following a yearlong closure due to the pandemic. Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images
Health care workers with a homeless patient in a room in Prague's four-star King Charles Boutique hotel on March 8. The hotel has now opened its doors to the city's homeless who have COVID-19 or need to quarantine. Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images
People waiting half an hour after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to see if they have any adverse reaction on the first day of it being made available to residents in Athens, Ohio. Photo: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Market sellers disinfect a sidewalk as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 9. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images
A medical worker receives a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at a hospital in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, March 9. Sudan is the first in the North Africa and Middle East region to receive vaccines through the global COVAX initiative. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images
Two women in Urayasu, Japan, wait on March 7 to attend a "coming-of-age" ceremony, which was postponed because of the pandemic. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his third State of the State address virtually from an empty Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 9. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
A clown performs while a 3-year-old patient receives medical attention at a hospital in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on March 8. Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP via Getty Images
Nesta Guinness-Walker of AFC Wimbledon in action against Burton Albion on March 9 in London. Government social distancing laws prohibit fans from being inside venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Photo: Ashley Western/MB Media/Getty Images
A child has her temperature taken at an elementary school in Arlington, Va., on March 4. Students across the U.S. are now attending in-person classes again or participating in hybrid models of learning. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images
More than two months after starting a world-leading COVID-19 vaccination campaign for its own citizens, Israel begins administering the Moderna vaccine to Palestinian laborers from the West Bank at the Meitar crossing checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel on March 9. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images
Volunteers help a chef (C) from a nonprofit prepare food for students in need on March 9, as part of an initiative that helps vulnerable people while fighting against food waste in Paris. Photo: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images
Senior citizens get photographed after being vaccinated in Mumbai, India, March 9. Photo: Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Attendees at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit in Sydney, Australia, discussing recovery from the coronavirus crisis on March 9. New South Wales has reported no local COVID-19 cases for over 50 days. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tourists view cherry blossoms on March 8 at Wuhan University in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, where the virus was first detected. Photo: Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images

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Updated 3 hours ago - Technology

A dark view of the future of autonomous weapons

A still from the video "If Human: Kill ( )." Image: Future of Life Institute

A new short film warns of the coming risks posed by the development and proliferation of lethal autonomous weapons.

Why it matters: Drones with the ability to autonomously target and kill without the assistance of a human operator are reportedly already being used on battlefields, and time is running out to craft a global ban of what could be a destabilizing and terrifying new class of weapon.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine — Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Updated 9 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

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