In Covid-19

Introduction

The health and economic effects of COVID-19 have been distributed intensely unevenly, disparately affecting vulnerable populations
around the world. Historically marginalized groups have contracted the virus in disproportionate numbers, faced higher rates of
morbidity, and suffered the brunt of its economic effects, as evidenced by skewed rates of job loss and limited safety nets to absorb
financial shocks. (i) Further, this crisis has highlighted the very systems that shape economic activity and access to basic services such as
quality healthcare, housing, and education. The systematic nature of longstanding social injustices has been prominently elevated into
public discourse.

Globally, the pain points associated with a lingering COVID-19 have amplified a concurrent rise in social movements that highlight
systemic injustices facing minority groups, women, immigrants, and individuals living in poverty. In the U.S., the Black Lives Matter
movement has called new attention to the systemic racism facing Black and minority communities, the awareness of which has been
undoubtedly accelerated by COVID-19’s uneven effects. This movement has been accompanied by protests across the U.S. and in
at least 16 other countries. (ii) In Brazil, protests have called attention to a slow and insufficient government response to the virus and its
deleterious effects in favelas and other underserved communities. In Lebanon, protests have called attention to high rates of poverty
and over-indebtedness. In Iran, public outrage has focused on the rapid, early spread of COVID-19, high unemployment rates, and a
rise in poverty particularly among at-risk populations. (iii) The list goes on.

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