The social impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic — COVID-19 — is only beginning to be perceived and recorded.
The disease itself as well as the differential responses to it have the potential to increase human solidarity on the one hand or accentuate social, economic, class and political differences on the other hand, dividing the world community into ever more contentious factions.
Even if a safe and effective vaccine is developed the BBC — in a report of 8 September 2020 — highlighted the potential social impact of the distribution of a such a vaccine on a global scale. The distribution of a vaccine has the potential to exacerbate and accentuate social divisions on a global scale.
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