The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator / Going Viral Podcast Series – Episode 2: Were Unequal Outcomes Inevitable during Covid-19?

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator has commissioned a four-part podcast mini-series, focusing on pandemic ethics, in collaboration with the longstanding, successful Going Viral the Podcast, hosted by the medical historian and science writer, Mark Honigsbaum

Episode 2Were unequal outcomes inevitable during Covid-19?

When Covid-19 first struck the UK, the disease was described as “a great leveller”. Because we all faced the same restrictions, it seemed as if the risks of Covid were evenly distributed. But it soon became clear that some individuals and sections of society were at greater risk of developing severe disease than others. Covid’s impacts were not evenly distributed: we may have been in the same storm, but we were in different boats. 

Today Mark and his guests Charlotte Augst, Halima Begum and Beth Kamunge-Kpodo discuss unequal outcomes during the Covid-19. With Professor Sir Michael Marmot, and Pastor Mick Fleming. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.

Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum


Dr. Charlotte Augst

Former Chief Executive of National Voices, a coalition of charities working on health issues and which was extremely active highlighting issues of inequality during the pandemic.  / @CharlotteAugst

Dr. Halima Begum

Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank.  / @Halima_Begum

Pastor Mick Fleming

Founder of Church on the Street Ministries – Burnley.


Dr. Beth Kamunge-Kpodo

Beth is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading. She has a longstanding interest in exploring and addressing various forms of inequality. /

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association. Professor Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years.  @MichaelMarmot

Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg

Co-producer: Kate Jopling  @katejopling

Cover art by Patrick Blower.

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This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator was a collaborative project which brought UK ethics research expertise to bear on the multiple, ongoing ethical challenges arising during pandemics, providing rapid evidence, guidance and critical analysis to decision-makers across science, medicine, government and public health. It was a partnership between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the Principal Investigator was Professor Ilina Singh, University of Oxford). The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 

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