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MELINDA GATES ON THE PANDEMIC’S GENDER TOLL

In July, Melinda Gates launched a paper exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has exploited pre-existing she makes the case that to recover fully from this pandemic, leaders must respond to the ways that it is affecting men and women differently. Gates describes how previous disease outbreaks, including AIDS and Ebola, tend to exploit existing forces of inequality, particularly around gender, systemic racism, and poverty. In Africa, for example, women account for around 40% of Covid-19 cases. However, African women and girls are disproportionately affected by reduced access to healthcare services and are at greater risk of gender-based violence. In June, the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a five-year, $1.6 billion commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to deliver life-saving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries.

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