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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 11:42 PM

Europe: The next pandemic: Rising inequality

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By CHARLIE COOPER

04/28/2020 10:57 PM EDT

It took the coronavirus three months to change the world. And its only just getting started.

As Europe begins to emerge from the awful first wave of the pandemic and absorbs the shock of a Continental death toll that has exceeded 100,000 the fire-fighting stage of the crisis appears to be coming to an end.

Next up? A long, slow march to a vaccine. A successful candidate, reproduced several billion times over and distributed to everyone in the world who needs it, is at best anywhere between nine and 18 months away, according to most experts.

With social distancing here to stay for the foreseeable future, its becoming increasingly clear that the next stage of the pandemic is going to change many lives for the worse.

Specifically, its going to exasperate existing inequalities, as the privileged buffer themselves against its pernicious effects while the worlds most vulnerable struggle not to fall through the rapidly widening economic fissures.

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