Implications of Discrimination and Racism during the Corona Pandemic

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The emergence of the Corona epidemic in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 and its spread in all countries of the world affected public health and social life. Global reactions were diverse with the epidemic. The role of countries increased by their interventions and declaring states of emergency and not depending on informal institutions by taking precautionary measures and total or partial closure. Some forms of international cooperation in the health field also prevailed among many countries, especially by sending aid to countries that were unable to face the repercussions of the virus outbreak.  

However, the emergence of the pandemic accompanied an escalation of racial discrimination against non-citizens and colored people in many places around the world. There are some examples of criticism in the behavior of some countries towards China, as it is the source of the outbreak of the virus. Most people from East Asia have been subjected to racism and hatred outside their countries and to bullying at other times. The Anti-Defamation League and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States indicated that the spread of the virus led to an increase in anti-Semitism incidents.

With the discovery of vaccines in the companies of major countries, developing and poor countries faced their financial ability and their right to obtain them due to the companies’ attempt to make a profit on one hand, and the bias in favor of the peoples of rich countries to receive the vaccine on the other hand. This casts doubt on the claims of some developed countries about the fact that they support other countries, especially in Africa, with regard to international coordination to overcome Corona.

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