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More than 31,000 people were deported by the Dominican Republic to Haiti this year, more than 12,000 of them in just the past three months — a huge spike, observers say. As the rest of the world closes its doors to Haitian migrants, the country that shares an island with Haiti also is cracking down in a way that human rights activists say hasn't been seen in decades.

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As Haiti's crisis worsens, a rising number flee by sea
There was nothing but darkness and desperation around them as the captain told the dozens of people on a flimsy boat in the Caribbean “we are lost.... There is no hope.” That scenario is playing out all too often. In a 12-month period ending in October, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted at sea three times more Haitians than it had the previous year.
CDC shifts pandemic goals away from reaching herd immunity
Vaccines have been quite effective at preventing cases of COVID-19 that lead to severe illness and death, but none has proved reliable at blocking transmission of the virus. Recent evidence has also made clear that the immunity provided by vaccines can wane in a matter of months.

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