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Perceived curses can be disguised blessings. In terms of the disruptions and deaths it has caused, Covid is surely an unmitigated curse.

Not so, argues Oxford economist Ian Goldin. His thesis in Rescue is that the pandemic has created an “inflection point” to turn the world from calamities that the pre-pandemic trajectory would have made inevitable: increased inequalities, environmental destruction and other cataclysms “tearing our societies apart”. Desperately needed is a “radical change in direction” that promotes equity and sustainability...

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