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South Africa’s Tale of Inequality Through the Covid Lens

A rural vaccination drive in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

A rural vaccination drive in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Hello, it’s Antony in Johannesburg. Racial differences impact access to health care around the world. In South Africa, which has been ranked as the world’s most unequal nation, those inequities are especially evident. But more on that in a minute...

South Africa has been ranked as the world’s most unequal nation by the Thomas Piketty-backed World Inequality Lab. Nowhere is that more evident than in its Covid-19 hospitalization statistics over the course of the pandemic.