The idea that the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the developing world, including the poorest countries, is a myth reliant on poor data. Pandem-ic explores the true extent of the impact of the pandemic on developing countries through the lens of the World Bank income classification of countries (the “ic” suffix). It calls attention to the need for equitable solutions in this globally interconnected world.
As the epidemiological triad illustrates, pandemics are about viruses (the “external agents”), people (the “susceptible hosts”) and the broader environment that brings both together. The social sciences intersect most strongly with the people and environment dimensions of this triad. The lens of development—the angle of this site—directs attention to the variation in them.
Why the income classification? Because it approximates the level of development by dividing countries into buckets by per capita income. These buckets bring into sharper focus how structural differences across buckets raise or diminish the risk of infection, severe sickness or even death and affect the prospect of vaccination.
Pandem-ic also looks at pandemic inequalities across geographical regions. This uses two types of classifications: the World Bank’s regional classification, which divides the world into 7 regions (again with a focus on development), and the M-49 geo-scheme of the United Nations, which divides the world into 22 more granular subregions.
The material on this site is presented in two parts. The first contains trackers by income and region on variables related to vaccination, mortality, severity and infection. These are updated every day early morning Eastern Standard Time. The second part includes various pieces of analysis: data insights and articles. The data insights are kept current every day as well, but the articles (which generally have been published elsewhere and are reposted here) are as of the date of publication.
I developed this resource in a personal capacity. Views, errors and omissions are my own. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.