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Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Almost 100 years ago, an outbreak of the flu swept across the world, killing an estimated 20 million to 50 million people and affecting hundreds of millions more.

In the century since, we've made impressive leaps in our ability to study pathogens and track their movement between animals and people, and from one country to the next. But scientists and public health officials say we are at greater risk today for a pandemic due to our growing number, our global nature and rising temperatures that allow insects carrying viruses like Zika to more of the planet. Echoing their concerns, Time magazine recently declared we aren't ready for the next pandemic.

As Ebola breaks out again in Africa and officials warn about the risk of Zika in the U.S. this summer, we asked four researchers what our top priority should be if we want to survive the next pandemic.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.