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Fighting economic inequality could help build pandemic resiliency

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More than 5 million people have died from COVID-19 since the virus emerged two years ago, according to data released Monday from Johns Hopkins University.

Even as total cases and deaths continue to rise, public health experts are already thinking about how to prepare for and respond to future pandemics.

In a new book called “The Contagion Next Time,” Dr. Sandro Galea, an epidemiologist and dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, argues that pandemic preparation should include addressing underlying flaws in the economy. 

He spoke with Marketplace’s Amy Scott about how systemic issues like racism and economic inequality made the United States more vulnerable to COVID-19. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

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