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A man is innoculated against COVID-19 at a health care post near Lukla, northeastern Nepal, April 23. UNICEF health officials say they've traveled for up to five days by air, road and with the help of "porters on foot," crossing mountains and rivers in regions including the Himalayas to deliver doses. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images

Officials are stepping up efforts to reach some of the world's most remote regions in a global vaccination drive, as the world crosses 1 billion total COVID-19 vaccines administered.

The big picture: Most doses have gone to rich countries so far, but President Biden's pledge to soon export 60 million doses could be a global game-changer. The WHO is pushing to increase trust and investment in vaccines during World Immunization Week, which runs until Friday, with the message that "vaccines bring us closer."

A vaccination center in Mumbai, India, April 27. The U.S. and other nations have been sending supplies to India as it faces a record COVID surge. India was exporting most of the doses it produced before the spike, but is now focusing on a domestic drive. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images
A man being inoculated against the coronavirus in Moku, Brazil, on April 17. The country's Senate launched an investigation on April 27 into the government's handling of the pandemic — a move that could bring political consequences for President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Joao Paulo Guimaraes/AFP via Getty Images
Patrolling soldiers pass a masked child in Antananarivo, Madagascar, during a weekend lockdown April 24 — a day after the government said the nation was due to receive a first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, as the health care system struggles with a second wave. Photo: Rijasolo/AFP via Getty Images
An elderly woman unable to travel to the nearest health center is vaccinated against COVID-19 at home on Elafonissos Island April 23. The southern Greek island is declaring itself COVID-free ahead of the opening of the tourist season on May 14. The island's mayor told AFP on April 27 that 70% of the island's residents should have received doses by then. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
COVID-19 vaccines are unloaded at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana, on March 27. Government officials said on April 26 the 2 million doses they've acquired is enough to inoculate the country's entire adult population, per Voice of America. Photo: Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua via Getty Images
A Wixárika indigenous woman is inoculated against the coronavirus at a vaccination center in Nuevo Colonia in Mezquitic, Mexico, April 16. She and others from her region walked for up to four hours from their communities to receive doses. Photo: Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty Images

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Graham says he urged Trump "to be aggressive" about COVID vaccine

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who recently tested positive for COVID-19, told AP on Thursday that he's urged former President Trump "to be aggressive and say, 'Take the vaccine'" to increase vaccination rates.

The big picture: Some Republicans have pushed Trump, who was vaccinated in January, to become more vocal in pushing his supporters to get the vaccine.

Updated Aug 6, 2021 - Technology

CNN fires 3 staffers for coming into office unvaccinated

CNN president Jeff Zucker. Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images

CNN president Jeff Zucker told staff Thursday that the network fired three staff members who came to work without getting vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a memo first obtained by the New York Times.

Driving the news: Zucker said in the memo also shared with Axios that CNN had a "zero-tolerance policy" on coronavirus vaccinations and noted that employees showing proof of having had the vaccine may soon become part of the process of entering network buildings.

In photos: Dixie Fire devastates "beloved" northern California town

Businesses burn as the Dixie fire tears through downtown Greenville, California on Aug. 4. Photo: Jash Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Officials in the northern California town of Greenville on Thursday said they were at a loss for words to describe the widespread destruction left by the massive Dixie Fire, which razed businesses and homes Wednesday night.

What they're saying: "Our beloved small town of Greenville, CA faced our biggest nightmare," Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss wrote on Facebook. "Our historical buildings, families homes, small businesses, and our children's schools are completely lost."