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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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Bernie Sanders: U.S. must recognize that "Palestinian rights matter"

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Stefani Reynolds via Getty Images

The United States must encourage an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East and adopt an "evenhanded approach" that recognizes Palestinians and Israelis have a right to "live in peace and security," Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote in a New York Times opinion on Friday.

Driving the news: Violence escalated this week after Israelis intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem. Hamas fired rockets and Israel massed troops, leaving more than 125 Palestinians and seven people in Israel dead.

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Exclusive: Uber makes new hire, launches anti-racism campaigns

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Eager to show progress on the pledge to make its platform and business anti-racist, Uber on Friday announced new anti-racism driver and rider campaigns, as well as fresh internal hiring practices, Axios was first to report.

Why it matters: Uber is one of the biggest ride hailing companies in the world. Its decisions impact the millions that use the platform, where drivers and riders alike say they have experienced racism.

Ex-Gaetz associate admits to sex trafficking, will cooperate with federal prosecutors

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl) speaks during the "Save America Summit" at the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 09, 2021 in Doral, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Staff via Getty Images

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admitted to a variety of federal charges including sex trafficking a minor, the New York Times reported Friday citing court papers.

Why it matters: Investigators believe Greenberg introduced women to Gaetz for paid sex and are looking into the Florida congressman's alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Greenberg could be a key witness as federal prosecutors decide whether to charge Gaetz.

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