The Economist  |  April 11, 2021

“From an ethical perspective, I think [Vermont’s policy is] justified,” says Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, citing the disproportionate impact of covid-19 on minority communities. “From a legal point of view, I think that there would be smarter ways for Vermont to accomplish the same kinds of goals.” Mr Gostin recommends using measures other than race alone, such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) originally developed for public-health emergencies.

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