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WABE’s Week in Review: Remembering Hank Aaron and Covid Vaccines in Short Supply

FILE - Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., in this Sunday, July 28, 2013, file photo. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died early Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves said Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
FILE - Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., in this Sunday, July 28, 2013, file photo. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died early Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves said Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Hank Aaron died on Friday. He was 86 years old.

Aaron became baseball’s homerun king in 1974 passing Babe Ruth. He was also an Atlanta institution,  making his home in southwest side, giving to local charities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, owning businesses here, pushing for racial justice and change, and showing us all dignity in the face of extreme adversity.

WABE has a lot more to say on the life of Hank Aaron and the team has put together this special section to showcase his incredible and inspiring story. 

COVID vaccine: High demand, low supply… 

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As COVID-19 related death tolls rise, so does the demand for the vaccine shot.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia remain elevated, and even more concerning, so is the death toll here. On Tuesday, we saw a one-day record of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state: 170 people.

Public health agencies have been flooded with requests for COVID-19 vaccines as the state has expanded who qualifies for them.

The health district that serves Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties is no different, said director Dr. Audrey Arona.

On an episode of “Did You Wash Your Hands?,” our podcast about the coronavirus, health reporter Sam Whitehead talked with Arona about how she’s trying to meet the high demand for the vaccine with relatively little supply.

Dispute over when to return to in-person learning… 

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There are rising concerns about Atlanta Public School students returning to in-person classes next week.

Atlanta Public Schools will give students the option to return to in-person class starting next week. But some teachers and parents say COVID-19 infection rates are too high to safely return.