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Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

Health
March 18 (UPI) -- The racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the United States reflects a "broken" healthcare system that has long overlooked communities of color, Stephen B. Thomas, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said Thursday. In an analysis of roughly 50 million of the 113 million vaccine doses administered nationally so far, shots were given to 16% of residents of counties with low rates of poverty and unemployment and higher per capita income, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released earlier this week showed. Advertisement In comparison, about 14% of residents of U.S. counties with higher rates of poverty and unemployment have received the shot, the agency reported. At least some of this disparity can be attribute...
Study: Economic decline, rising inequality breeds polarization

Study: Economic decline, rising inequality breeds polarization

Science
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- They say familiarity breeds contempt, but according to a new study, so does socioeconomic stratification. When economies falter and the gulf between the haves and have nots widens, polarization becomes contagious, according to a new paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances. Advertisement It's a pattern researchers say can be seen playing out across many parts of the globe, inspiring the emergence of authoritarian leaders and fueling nativist movements. To reverse the pattern and prevent inter-group conflict, authors of the new study prescribe stronger social safety nets. "Times arise when national unity is needed, like we're seeing now with Covid-19, but we shouldn't wait for a public health crisis or war to bring people together," study co-author Nolan McC...
COVID-19 underscores ‘pandemic-scale’ problem of racial inequality, analysis finds

COVID-19 underscores ‘pandemic-scale’ problem of racial inequality, analysis finds

Health
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- COVID-19 would need to kill an additional 1 million White Americans for their average life expectancy to fall to levels seen by Black Americans during non-pandemic years, an analysis published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. The results reveal the scope of "another U.S. catastrophe" -- the "pandemic-scale problem" of racial inequality, report author Elizabeth Wrigley-Field told UPI. Advertisement "My research shows that Blacks experience a scale of extra death every year that is more than the excess deaths that Whites are likely to experience from COVID-19," said Wrigley-Field, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. "This gives us a metric for understanding just how severe racial inequality is, and it is as...
Rosamund Pike: ‘Women are part of the inequality problem’

Rosamund Pike: ‘Women are part of the inequality problem’

Entertainment
Rosamund Pike says women need to "speak the truth to power" and stop judging themselves and one another if we want to achieve true gender equality.The Gone Girl star plays Marie Curie in biopic Radioactive, and says despite the role being historical she believes we can still learn a lot from the French-Polish scientist. Image: Pike plays Marie Curie - the first person to win two Nobel prizes. Pic. Radioactive/StudioCanal Pike told Sky News our patriarchal society is partly to blame for the different standards to which men and women are held."You don't realise how many constructs are in your brain because of that narrative and your expectations."Something like The Daily Mail will always remark if they're telling a story on how old the...
Citigroup plans to boost pay this year to address inequality among female and minority workers

Citigroup plans to boost pay this year to address inequality among female and minority workers

Finance
Citigroup will increase compensation for women and minorities to bridge pay gaps in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, as part of its annual pay process this year, the Wall Street bank said on Monday.Citi said it had conducted a survey in the three countries, where it found that women and minorities are paid slightly less than men and non-minorities, respectively.Compensation would be raised based on the pay gaps identified in the survey, Citi spokeswoman Jennifer Lowney said.Citi, along with other U.S. banks and credit card companies, had been under investor pressure to disclose the gender pay gap.The company's activist investor Arjuna Capital asked Citi's shareholders last year to vote in favor of a proposal requiring the bank to address the gender pay gap."Women are pai...