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EmailThank you for following our coronavirus news day after day through this newsletter. We’re taking a brief break from publication Friday and will be back with a new edition Monday. The Post’s coronavirus coverage linked in this newsletter is free to access from this email. The latestWith only about 16 percent of the U.S. population fully immunized, millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine were ruined after mixing with ingredients from AstraZeneca’s vaccine at a Baltimore facility. The mishap was reportedly a human error. Johnson & Johnson said it would still be able to fulfill its promise of delivering 24 million doses to the federal government by the end of April. Better news emerged from an ongoing trial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: Six months of follow-up on 12,000 study participants show that the inoculation’s efficacy and safety are sustained over time. The results also suggest that this vaccine is effective against the B.1.351 coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, which has caused concern for its ability to evade some forms of immunity. The Biden administration’s campaign to convince people to get vaccinated continues with a new series of television advertisements and a grass-roots network of prominent figures and local leaders who will encourage the shots. The administration will spend more than $10 million in April on the ad campaign, titled “We Can Do This,” which includes multimillion-dollar ad buys for Black and Spanish-language media, our Health desk wrote. Participants in the grass-roots network will include hundreds of advocacy organizations, sports leagues and other figures, a reflection of research showing that vaccine-hesitant people are most easily persuaded by trusted voices.Although the pandemic caused a steep decline in greenhouse gas emissions last year, the loss of forests that help to slow climate change and protect wildlife accelerated. Almost 100,000 square miles of tree cover were lost in 2020, about 7 percent more than were lost the previous year, according to a global survey released Wednesday. The damage was particularly bad in the tropics, where the forest loss was 12 percent higher than in 2019. Other important news Delta Air Lines, the last U.S. airline still blocking middle seats due to the coronavirus, plans to start filling all seats again May 1. Some of the world’s poorest nations are beginning to receive vaccine doses, but many are struggling to finance their distribution and administration. The matchup between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets that was scheduled for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was postponed Thursday because of coronavirus concerns. Five people within the Nationals organization were in quarantine after a player tested positive. Guide to the pandemicTrack confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.and the spreadaround the world.U.S. vaccine distribution and delivery, tracked by state.Guides: Finding vaccine appointments | Vaccines | Variants | MasksFollow live updates about the pandemic from Post reporters across the globe.