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Two pandemics: the vaccine wealth gap – Inside the 14 May Guardian Weekly

The Guardian logo The Guardian 12/05/2021 Graham Snowdon

In the UK this week, as prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed loosening of Covid restrictions for England and with more than half the population having received at least one dose of vaccine, one might have thought the days of the pandemic were numbered. In fact, more cases have been reported globally in recent weeks than in the entire first six months of the pandemic, with south Asia bearing the brunt. In our Big Story this week, Peter Beaumont and Michael Safi explore the increasingly clear divide between rich and poor in the push to contain Covid.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalated dramatically this week as militant groups in Gaza fired rockets into Israel, which responded with strikes on the Palestinian enclave following a police raid on the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem that left hundreds injured. Anger had been growing for weeks among Palestinians before an expected Israeli court ruling on whether authorities were able to evict dozens of Palestinians and give their homes to Jewish settlers. Oliver Holmes reports from Jerusalem amid fears of a new wave of prolonged hostility.

‘I seek a kind person,’ began a classified advert in the Manchester Guardian of 3 August 1938. It was placed by the grandparents of the Guardian’s world affairs editor Julian Borger, Austrian Jews desperately seeking a safe haven from the Nazis for their 11-year-old son. On our features pages, Borger recalls his remarkable family story, which mirrored that of many Jewish families under Nazi rule at the time.

Video: Examining the reasons and solutions for the Covid vaccine race gap (NBC News)


Other highlights include Sonia Sodha’s thoughtful piece on falling fertility rates and motherhood in our Opinion pages, while in Culture, the film director Barry Jenkins reveals the difficulties of adapting Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer prize-winning slavery era novel The Underground Railroad into a television series.

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