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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine doses are delayed by a U.S. factory mix-up.

A manufacturer in Baltimore accidentally conflated the ingredients for two different coronavirus vaccines, officials say. World By Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland from NYT World

Trump’s former pandemic coordinator suggests that a restrained response may have cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

In one of a series of interviews with U.S. medical officials tasked with the initial fight against the coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx said that the country’s loss of life could have been mitigated. World By Sheryl Gay Stolberg from NYT World

The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are very effective in real-world conditions at preventing infections, the C.D.C. reported.

Consistent with clinical trial data, a two-dose regimen prevented 90 percent of infections by two weeks after the second shot. One dose prevented 80 percent of infections by two weeks after vaccination. World By Gina Kolata from NYT World

After days of struggle, salvage crews freed the giant container ship.

The operation that wrested the ship from where it ran aground five days ago was one of the most intense in recent maritime history. World By Vivian Yee and Marc Santora from NYT World

Inside Myanmar’s Army: ‘They See Protesters as Criminals’

Four officers spoke about life in the feared Tatmadaw, which has turned its guns on civilians again. “The Tatmadaw is the only world” for most soldiers, one said. World By Hannah Beech from NYT World

The Ever Given is partially afloat and almost free, raising hopes traffic can soon resume.

Five days after the shipping vessel ran aground in the Suez Canal, it was partially refloated, according to officials. World By Vivian Yee and Marc Santora from NYT World

The Ever Given is partially afloat and almost free, raising hopes traffic can soon resume.

After five days of struggling to free the shipping vessel from where it ran aground in the Suez Canal, the vessel was partially refloated, according to officials. World By Vivian Yee and Marc Santora from NYT World

Trump’s former pandemic coordinator suggests restrained response may have cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

In one of a series of interviews with U.S. medical officials tasked with the initial fight against the coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx said that the country’s loss of life could have been mitigated. World By Sheryl Gay Stolberg from NYT World

Explosion Rocks Indonesian Church Compound on Palm Sunday

No churchgoers were killed, but at least 19 people were injured, the police said. President Joko Widodo called it an act of terrorism. World By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono from NYT World

His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.

A Brazilian pilot working for wildcat miners escaped death when his plane went down in a remote area. He walked through the jungle for 36 days before being rescued. World By Manuela Andreoni from NYT World

Cases in Florida, a national Covid bellwether, are rising — especially among younger people.

The state’s open invitation to enjoy spring break is a contributing factor. Another may be the exponential increase of infections of the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant. World By Apoorva Mandavilli from NYT World

Why the internet loves the Suez Canal stuck ship saga.

The stranding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal this week became a fully fledged internet moment. World By Anna Schaverien from NYT World

‘A Very Big Problem.’ Giant Ship in the Suez Remains Stuck.

A tiny Egyptian village has a front-row seat to the unfolding effort to dislodge the container ship that ran aground in the canal, holding up $10 billion in global trade every day. World By Vivian Yee from NYT World

China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast

The countries signed a sweeping pact on Saturday that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil — a step that could ease Iran’s international isolation. World By Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers from NYT World

A Collapse Foretold: How Brazil’s Covid-19 Outbreak Overwhelmed Hospitals

The virus has killed more than 300,000 people in Brazil, its spread aided by a highly contagious variant, political infighting and distrust of science. World By Ernesto Londoño, Letícia Casado and Mauricio Lima from NYT World

Giant Ship Blocking Suez Canal Could Take ‘Days, Even Weeks’ to Free

Tugboats and dredgers were toiling to release the wedged container vessel, which is obstructing the crucial artery of global trade like “a very heavy beached whale,” one expert said. World By Vivian Yee from NYT World

New Zealand Approves Paid Leave After Miscarriage

The measure, believed to be among the first in the world, would apply to couples who lose a pregnancy at any point. World By Natasha Frost from NYT World

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles in Challenge to Biden

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.” World By Choe Sang-Hun from NYT World

With a Police Raid and the Threat of Export Curbs on Vaccines, the E.U. Plays Tough

The bloc is tightening export rules in a bid to speed up its disappointing Covid inoculation campaign and stem political criticism. World By Matina Stevis-Gridneff from NYT World

‘I Will Die Protecting My Country’: In Myanmar, a New Resistance Rises

As the nation’s military kills, assaults and terrorizes unarmed civilians each day, some protesters say there is no choice but to fight the army on its own terms. World By Hannah Beech and The New York Times from NYT World

Why Does the U.S. Have So Many Mass Shootings? Research Is Clear: Guns.

Americans advance a lot of theories for why they have so many more gun deaths than other countries do. The answer is lying in plain sight. World By Max Fisher and Josh Keller from NYT World

Cache of 29 Million AstraZeneca Doses in Italy Raises E.U. Suspicions

The company has been at loggerheads with the bloc over vaccine supply shortages and faces stringent export restrictions. World By Matina Stevis-Gridneff from NYT World

Suez Canal Blocked After Giant Container Ship Gets Stuck

The ship, stretching more than 1,300 feet, ran aground and blocked one of the world’s most vital shipping lanes, leaving more than 100 ships stuck at each end of the canal. World By Vivian Yee and Peter S. Goodman from NYT World

E.U. Set to Curb Covid Vaccine Exports for 6 Weeks

The European Union has drafted new emergency rules that will most likely severely cut exports to Britain and other countries to ease supply shortages at home. World By Matina Stevis-Gridneff from NYT World

U.S. health officials question results from AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial, less than a day after they’re released.

World By Rebecca Robbins and Sheila Kaplan from NYT World

New York reports its first case of the troubling variant that is dominant in Brazil.

Health officials worry that variants will become the dominant source of infection soon as thousands of cases continue to be reported for other variants found in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. World By Christina Morales from NYT World

A Violent End to a Desperate Dream Leaves a Guatemalan Town Grieving

The trek from Central America to U.S. soil has always been perilous, but a massacre with many victims from one corner of Guatemala has shaken that country. World By Daniele Volpe and Kirk Semple from NYT World

Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World

Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic. World By Selam Gebrekidan and Matt Apuzzo from NYT World

Denmark reports a death and a critical illness after 2 AstraZeneca vaccinations, prompting more reviews.

The country’s drug agency is investigating whether these were side effects. World By Thomas Erdbrink, Marc Santora, Denise Grady and Rebecca Robbins from NYT World

Images of Confusion, Then Anguish: Migrant Families Deported by Surprise

When 149 migrants were escorted onto a bridge by U.S. Border Patrol agents, they had no idea where they were being taken. Many collapsed, crying, when they learned they were back in Mexico. World By Daniel Berehulak and Maria Abi-Habib from NYT World

Where Europe Went Wrong in Its Vaccine Rollout, and Why

While Washington went into business with the drug companies, Europe was more fiscally conservative and trusted the free market. World By Matt Apuzzo, Selam Gebrekidan and Monika Pronczuk from NYT World

Spectators From Overseas Are Barred From Tokyo Olympics

The move, announced Saturday, is a significant concession to the realities of the pandemic, even as organizers remain determined to hold the Games this summer. World By Motoko Rich and Ben Dooley from NYT World

Women Posing in Children’s Clothing? Fad Sparks Body-Shaming Concerns.

It’s the latest viral challenge to sweep Chinese social media, igniting worries that it reinforces the country’s narrow beauty norms. World By Yan Zhuang from NYT World

Tabloid Hired Gun Tells of Shady Hunt for Meghan Markle Scoops

The private investigator says the British tabloid The Sun paid him $2,055 in 2016 for private information about the couple, their family and friends that had been taken from a restricted database. World By Sarah Lyall and Mark Landler from NYT World

U.S. to Send Millions of Vaccine Doses to Mexico and Canada

The announcement came at a time when the Biden administration has been quietly pressing Mexico to ramp up its efforts to limit the flow of migrants. World By Natalie Kitroeff, Maria Abi-Habib, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Jim Tankersley from NYT World

Russia Erupts in Fury Over Biden’s Calling Putin a Killer

The Kremlin described the U.S. president’s response to an interview question as “very bad,” and recalled its ambassador to “analyze what needs to be done” about the countries’ relations. World By Anton Troianovski from NYT World

John Magufuli, Tanzania Leader Who Played Down Covid, Dies at 61

“Vaccines don’t work,” he told a maskless crowd. First elected in 2015, he pushed his East African nation deeper into authoritarianism. World By Abdi Latif Dahir from NYT World

Europe’s Vaccine Suspension May Be Driven as Much by Politics as Science

Once it became clear Germany was pausing, the pressure mounted on other governments to hold off as well, out of fear of seeming incautious and for the sake of a united front. World By Jason Horowitz and Benjamin Mueller from NYT World

On vaccines, Trump tells his hesitant supporters, ‘I would recommend it.’

A third of Republicans said in a recent poll that they would not be vaccinated, compared with 10 percent of Democrats, and another 20 percent of Republicans said they were unsure. World By Bryan Pietsch and Annie Karni from NYT World

AstraZeneca Concerns Throw Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Into Deeper Disarray

Germany, France, Italy and Spain became the latest countries to suspend use of the vaccine even as a third wave of the pandemic threatens the continent. World By Jason Horowitz from NYT World

Italy imposes lockdown measures as cases spike across Europe.

A year after the virus began spreading in Europe, things feel unnervingly the same. World By Jason Horowitz from NYT World

The last living man of the Juma people in Brazil has died from Covid-19.

World By Michael Astor from NYT World

Italians start a widespread lockdown.

The circulation of a more contagious coronavirus variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, led to a 15 percent increase in cases nationally last week. World By Gaia Pianigiani and Jennifer Jett from NYT World

Yo-Yo Ma gives a surprise cello concert at a Massachusetts vaccination site.

He used the 15-minute observation period after receiving his second dose to play “Ave Maria” and Bach’s Prelude in G Major. World By Jennifer Jett from NYT World

Covid? What Covid? Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality.

The island has used its pandemic success to sell something scarce: life without fear of the coronavirus. Citizens have flocked home from abroad, helping to fuel an economic boom. World By Amy Qin and Amy Chang Chien from NYT World