COVID-19 and race: Protecting data or saving lives?

This article uses the COVID-19 pandemic to demonstrate how our understanding of ethnic inequalities could be improved by greater use of algorithms that infer ethnic heritage from people's names.

Corresponding author:

Richard Webber, OriginsInfo Ltd, 3 Bisham Gardens, London N6 6DJ, UK. Email:

Why it is so difficult to talk about race?

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