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How Asia shamed the West and protected its urban poor from COVID

Europe can no longer claim to be the most fervent champion of equality worldwide

| East Asia
People walk along Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue in Tokyo's Minato Ward in November 2020: the affluent central district has been one of the city's heaviest COVID-hit areas.   © Sipa/AP

Andrea Dugo is a dual master's degree student in European affairs at Sciences Po, Paris, and in public policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.

Regardless of whether you asked the world's most accomplished epidemiologist or the average person on the street, most people would agree that the coronavirus pandemic has not affected everybody equally.

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