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Is the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population against COVID still realistic?

Jun 1, 2022
WHO set the vaccination goal for mid-2022, but health researchers say the mutating virus that spreads more easily means we need to set new priorities for global health.
Health researchers say the mutating virus, which spreads more easily means we need to set new priorities for global health.
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Report details widening pandemic-era wealth gap

Jan 17, 2022
In its report, Oxfam proposes a wealth tax on a perpetually growing list of billionaires.
The gulf between wealth and poverty has gotten much wider during the pandemic, according to an Oxfam report.
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Global economic growth likely to slow in 2022, World Bank says

Jan 12, 2022
Inequalities between and within countries could widen in 2022, World Bank President David Malpass warns.
"Vaccines are critical because they reduce the hospitalization, because they allow economies to function," says David Malpass, president of the World Bank.
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How economic inequality affects the American diet

Nov 17, 2021
In this book excerpt, Priya Fielding-Singh discusses how inequality manifests in how Americans eat.
In her new book, "How the Other Half Eats," Priya Fielding-Singh explores the factors contributing to nutritional inequality in America. Above, people shop for fresh produce at a farmers market in New York City.
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Why addressing economic inequality could help build pandemic resiliency

Nov 1, 2021
“Our health is all interconnected and inextricable from the conditions in which we live,” says epidemiologist Dr. Sandro Galea.
 “Most of “health” is about where we live, where we work, where we play,” says public health expert Dr. Sandro Galea. Above, a doctor puts on a mask before speaking to people without homes in San Francisco in 2020.
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Is a new labor movement brewing?

AFL-CIO President Elizabeth Shuler advocates a revitalized labor movement that expands high-quality jobs and reduces inequality.
"What we're seeing out there is a demand for change," says new AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, shown here speaking at the White House on Sept. 8.
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The unequal effects of climate change

Jul 16, 2021
Climate change affects every aspect of our lives, but some people are more vulnerable to severe damage and high costs.
An almost dry section of Lake Oroville in Northern California. The state is suffering a prolonged drought, creating problems for agriculture and stoking wildfires.
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Closing racial wage gap could lift 2 million Black Americans into middle class, study finds

Jun 28, 2021
A new McKinsey report details the sweeping economic disparities Black Americans face.
A new report from McKinsey says Black Americans are underrepresented in occupations like doctor that are traditional pathways to the middle class.
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New inequality index launched to compare income groups

May 31, 2021
The Morning Consult-Axios data suggests that inequality is inching up as low-income people run out of relief money.
Lower-income households are starting to worry about losing eviction protections and unemployment benefits.
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Pandemic exacerbated inequality worldwide, Amnesty International says

Apr 7, 2021
In many countries, those working in low-wage jobs or in the gig economy were left out of government relief packages.
New data from Robin Hood and Columbia University paint a picture of poverty in New York City amid multiple crises.
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