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AFIDEP and its partners, through the Global Learning Partner (GLP) project, intend to address the need for actionable evidence about how best to identify and reach under-immunized and zero-dose children by strengthening organizational learning capacity and the application of findings at national, regional, and global levels to influence immunizatio...
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2023   I hope you’re having a great week. It’s an exciting one for AIRA, as I am thrilled to introduce the very first edition of the AIRA Weekly Update. This new publication will allow us to consolidate the various email messages we send out several times per week plus the AIRA Monthly Update into a single weekly emai...
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      Gearing up to stop polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan   In October 2022, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Muscat, Oman, to conduct a thorough review of ongoing polio eradication efforts in the remaining polio endemic countries. During the 6-day meeting they also provided strategic ...
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This weekly report provides key highlights and operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from October 24-31 in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation. Descriptions of online engagements and information gathering are listed in the methodology. https://www.afro....
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This weekly report provides key highlights and operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from October 17-24 in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation. Descriptions of online engagements and information gathering are listed in the methodology. https://www.afro....
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This weekly report provides key highlights and operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from October 10-17 in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation. Descriptions of online engagements and information gathering are listed in the methodology. https://www.afro....
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This report seeks to communicate operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from October 1-7, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation.  Target countries include Angola (PT), Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa (EN), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Ivory Co...
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This report seeks to communicate operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from September 24-30, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation. Target countries include Angola (PT), Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa (EN), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ni...
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This report seeks to communicate operational recommendations based on social media monitoring from September 17-23, as well as relevant information on current mis/disinformation. Target countries include Angola (PT), Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa (EN), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ni...
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    VACCINE ACCESS DIGEST | JANUARY 2023   NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS  IVAC Collaborates with Global Partners to Tackle Cervical Cancer Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women, with an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 cervical cancer-related deaths reported in 2020. To help address this ...
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               27 January 2023, Vol. 98, No. 04, pp. 41–52 Now online IN THIS ISSUE 41 34th meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, 19–20 September 2022 50 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January – November 2022 27 janvier 2023, Vol. 98, No. 04, pp. 41-52 Maintenant en li...
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    Looking Ahead to 2023 and Beyond  When I look back on 2022, I see so many places VillageReach took chances, aimed higher, and achieved new impacts in partnership with others. At the “vaccinodromes” of Kinshasa (DRC) and Yopougon (Côte d’Ivoire), we combined all that we know about delivering primary health care...
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Dear all,   Compliments of the season! Here is the first update of 2023. Reminder: If you would like to advertise the work of your NITAG through these monthly update, you can contact me with your recommendation.If your NITAG would like to become a GNN member, please send me an email with the contact details of the chair and the secretariat.If ...
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  News from PATH on vaccine development    January 2023  |  Subscribe             In this issue A public health value proposition for prospective Shigella vaccines Inventprise’s expanded-coverage pneumococcal vaccine enters the clinic Thailand-produced COVID-19 vaccine ...
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By Rachel Simon on January 23rd, 2023 On January 17, 2023, the IAPHL Advisory Group held its final meeting to elect the Term Members of the new IAPHL Governing Council. This new governing body was established as part of IAPHL’s 3-Year Strategic and Management Plan. We thank all organizations and members that applied to be part of the IAPHL Governin...
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Epidemiology of human monkeypox (mpox) – worldwide, 2018–2021 Monkeypox, now also known as mpox, is a zoonotic disease1 caused by a virus: species Monkeypox virus, genus Orthopox- virus (MPXV). The wild mammalian reservoir species is unknown. There are 2 genetic clades of MPXV:2 clade I, in Central Africa, and cla...
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Progress towards measles and rubella elimination – India, 2005–2021 In 2019, India, along with other countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region,1 adopted the goal of measles and rubella elimination by 2023,2 a revision of the previous goal of measles elimination and control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020... Read...
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The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization met on 3–6 October 2022. This report summarizes their discussions, conclusions and recom- mendations. All SAGE recommendations are made using evidence-based methods1 the details of which are included in the meeting background materials. More information here:&nb...
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JANUARY 2023

Equitable Immunization Systems for Better Health Outcomes

 

In 2021, 25 million children missed essential vaccines, in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our approach to supporting immunization programs are locally led, embedding experts who are focused on equitable recovery for all communities. We are partnering with countries—using digital solutions, behavioral interventions, and other innovative approaches—to build equitable and strong health systems that increase people’s well-being.

 

STRENGTHENING ROUTINE IMMUNIZATION

 

Gender and Immunization: Recognizing and Reducing Barriers

Learn about gender and immunization within the COVID-19 pandemic, including how USAID Missions and projects can reduce gender-related barriers to vaccination, and links to tools and websites to support gender-aware programming, provided by the MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity Project.

Building Resilient Health Systems through Service Experience Improvements

Challenges to improving health care service delivery existed before the pandemic, but the last few years have highlighted the importance of looking beneath the surface. Learn how to improve health care service accessibility and quality through a service experience lens.

Applying Behavioral Science to Increase Vaccination Rates in Kathmandu

With an estimated 50,000 zero-dose children in Nepal, it is critical to understand the behavioral and social drivers of vaccine uptake. Read our recent findings from a rapid inquiry published on the Gavi Vaccines Work, conducted by a team from the Behavioral Science Center led by Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences with support from JSI and UNICEF Nepal.

Exploring the Potential of Barcode Technology to Improve Supply Chain

A new JSI project is helping Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s Market Shaping team, assess the benefits, challenges, and feasibility of implementing barcodes in vaccine supply chains in low-and middle-income countries. This builds on our past work to assess the potential benefits of using barcodes on secondary and primary vaccine packaging.

Addressing Insufficient Funding to Reach Zero-Dose Children and Missed Communities

Learn more about obstacles to reaching zero-dose children and missed communities, and routine immunization services and strategies to reach them.

 

A WORLD FREE OF CERVICAL CANCER

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The human papillomavirus vaccine has a vital role in preventing cervical cancer. Read more about person-centered care for HPV vaccination.

 

INCREASING COVID-19 VACCINATION RATES

 

Enabling Agile COVID-19 Response in Burkina Faso

Strengthening data entry through the connection of 2,803 tablets made it possible to register more than 473,000 vaccinated people into the country’s ms-Surveillance platform and print health passes. As part of the Ministry of Health’s vaccination campaign in Burkina Faso, the Country Health Information Systems and Data Use program provided 70 health districts connection credits. Learn more.

COVID-19 Country Program in Review: Vietnam

The MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity project in Vietnam contributed to increased immunization service delivery and resource forecasting expertise at local levels. It also built trust in coordination systems that may be used for other vaccine campaigns and health interventions. Read the country program in review.

 

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Effective #vaccine #management (#EVM 2.0) tool, designed by the collaborative efforts of World Health Organization #worldhealthorganization and #UNICEF. Received a #certificate of completion of #Regional Orientation of Country #Managers on Effective Vaccine Management 2.0 and Continuous #Improvement Plan #Tracking Tool…..   https://www.linkedi...
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Facilitated the EVM (Effective Vaccine Management) Assessment Training of Assessors for Madhya Pradesh State (India) https://www.linkedin.com/posts/shashikantray_evm-bhopal-madhyapradesh-activity-6912965229677072384-qfqK?utm_source=li_share&utm_content=feedcontent&utm_medium=g_dt_web&utm_campaign=copy
      Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in Sudan   On 18 December 2022, the WHO received a notification on the detection of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in a 48-month-old male with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), from West Darfur, Western Sudan. Sequencing results showed that the isolate...
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      Volume 16, Issue 12 - December 2022   The Measles and Rubella Bulletin is a monthly publication reporting progress towards achieving measles and rubella elimination in the Western Pacific Region. Inside each issue, we present the latest reported data by country on measles and rubella incidence, surveillance performanc...
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    November / December EYE Strategy Newsletter     Dear partners and colleagues, We hope you have had a restful holiday season and a great start to the new year.  We were delighted to see so many of you at the 6th EYE Annual Partners’ Meeting in November last year. It was another successful meeting with close to ...
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 The latest polio eradication activities around the world this month in Polio News. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌...
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     MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity JANUARY 2023: ISSUE 3 Gender and Immunization: Recognizing and Reducing Barriers When a mother in Mozambique’s Nampula Province was asked why her child was only partially vaccinated, she replied that the last time she brought her child for immunization, the clinic had run o...
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      Vaccine-derived polio virus detected in 2 Canadian wastewater samples   After initiating its own wastewater testing for polio last year, Canada has detected two samples of vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)’s epidemio...
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  Monthly Update December 2022 in Review www.immregistries.org In This Issue: Executive Director's UpdateAIRA 2023 National Meeting AnnouncementAIRA's Board Meeting in Pittsburgh Measurement & Improvement UpdatesNeeds Assessment for Readiness to Submit Routine and Influenza DataEpi Shared Services (ESS) Is in Full Swing! Don't Miss Ou...
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    Our collective achievements are enabled by the depth of our partnerships.  Together - with communities, with health workers, with governments - we've made significant progress in 2022.       Copyright © 2023 VillageReach, All rights reserved. Thank you for opting in for updates and newslett...
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  An update from the COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ...
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              23 December 2022, Vol. 97, Nos. 51/52, pp. 673–676 Now online IN THIS ISSUE 673 Index of countries/areas 673 Index, Volume 97, 2022, Nos. 1–52 23 décembre 2022, vol. 97, Nos 51/52, pp. 673-676 Maintenant en ligne DANS CE NUMÉRO 673 Index des pays/zones 673 Index, Volume 97, 2022, Nos 1-52 Downlo...
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  This holiday season give yourself the gift of invaluable insight and lasting connections by registering for the AIRA 2023 National Meeting! Your very merry team here at AIRA is looking forward to seeing you in San Diego, California.   Call for Abstracts- OPEN! Closes Sunday, January 8, 11:59 p.m. ET   Registration- OPEN! Early Bird...
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      Polio experts eye clear tactics in final push to achieve success   2022 may well go down in history as the year of contrasts in the global effort to eradicate polio. At first glance, with polio detections in places such as New York and London and an increase in cases in Pakistan, it may seem that the effort is backsli...
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Dear all,   This is the last update of 2022!   COVID-19: Booster dose: French NITAG has preferentially recommended bivalent vaccines suitable for Omicron, regardless of the vaccine(s) previously administered. The full recommendation on booster vaccine strategy is available here. The French NITAG recommends integrating the Nuvaxovid vaccin...
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     Dear partners and colleagues, As another year comes to an end, we want to acknowledge your important contributions to the EYE Strategy in 2022, and your tireless efforts to protect people from yellow fever and other deadly diseases. Together, we have made great strides towards achieving our goal to eliminate yellow fever epidemi...
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  The holiday season has arrived and so has the December 2022 edition of SnapShots, AIRA’s quarterly newsletter that highlights the progress, best practices, and accomplishments of IIS. This edition of SnapShots features articles on an influential individual in AIRA’s history, effectively planning your IIS hiring, improving IIS data quali...
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    In February, the Malawi Ministry of Health announced the shocking news that a case of wild poliovirus had been detected in a child – the first in the country in 30 years and the first in Africa since 2020. A month later, neighboring Mozambique confirmed eight more cases.   Polio is an infectious disease that mainly affects childr...
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SUMMARY: As of 4 December 2022, a total of 291 million people in the African Region had completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series, representing 24.9% of the Region’s population. Three countries have surpassed the target of 70% of their population having completed the primary series: Mauritius (86.0%), Liberia (78.9%) and Seychelles (76.7%)....
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  Hello,   We want to pass along two new job opportunities with the Kentucky Immunization Branch and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.   The Kentucky Immunization Branch is searching for an Immunization Program Manager.   The Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a full-time Immunization Information System ...
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You don't want to miss this.    What you may have missed Resources News Events   Goodbye to a momentous 2022 A year in which PtD really did stand up for the supply chain workforce   Firstly, thank you to the PtD coalition and to the Executive committee: you have helped us achieve so much over the last year. The culmination of months of wo...
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  Hello,   On Wednesday, January 25, AIRA is launching the next learning module of its Interoperability Course Series, hosted by Nathan Bunker and Assiatou Diallo. This six-week course is focused on immunization messaging and is intended for programmatic and technical IIS, EHR, and IIS vendor staff. Participants will attend weekly session...
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   Vaccine Access Digest December 2022 Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health  Vaccine News and Resources  VIRA Chatbot Competition Awarded to Three U.S. Health Departments The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has announced the first three winners of the VIRA X NACCHO com...
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     28th meeting of the Regional Certification Commission on Polio Eradication in Western Pacific Region 15-17 November 2022, Ha Noi, Viet Nam   The 28th meeting of the Regional Commission for Certification (RCC) of Poliomyelitis Eradication in Western Pacific convened on 15-17 November 2022 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Based on the in...
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               9 December 2022, Vol. 97, No. 49, pp. 633–644 Now online IN THIS ISSUE 633 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Afghanistan, January 2021–September 2022 640 WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme: acute emergencies monthly summary – October and November 2022 9 décembre 2022, vol. 97, N...
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     Volume 16, Issue 11 - November 2022   The Measles and Rubella Bulletin is a monthly publication reporting progress towards achieving measles and rubella elimination in the Western Pacific Region. Inside each issue, we present the latest reported data by country on measles and rubella incidence, surveillance performance, and...
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Recently Published Journal Articles by JSI Staff and Projects International Social and Behavior Change Communication SummitJSI is sponsoring and attending the Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit in Morocco between December 5-9. A variety of JSI experts and partners are presenting posters and holding workshops and events on differ...
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Yesterday, we commemorated World AIDS Day with colleagues and partners across the globe. The day offered an important moment to remember those we’ve lost and recommit to the hard work of ending the HIV epidemic. At our office in Washington, DC, we had a moving panel with international leaders who reflected on their experiences as clinicians and pio...
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Global Digital Health ForumAs a sponsor of the upcoming Global Digital Health Forum 2022, in Washington, DC, our Center for Digital Health is leading a team of innovators to explore the theme of Driving Effective and Equitable Digital Health Innovation. Muka Chikuba-McLeod Interviewed by Voice of AmericaOctober 2022 was a notable moment as Zambia s...
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Dr. Sylvia Bartley Joins JSI as Chief of StaffSylvia Bartley joins JSI and its affiliate, World Education, Inc. as chief of staff. Dr. Bartley has a distinguished career in health care, helping employees, boards, and organization partners achieve health, business, philanthropic, and equity goals. Health Centers and Value-Based PaymentA new article ...
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 The latest polio eradication activities around the world this month in Polio News. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌...
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