ONS Research Excellence Series: Why do people from ethnic minorities have a higher mortality risk from Covid-19?


11:00 – 12:00

Vasileios Antonopoulos, winner of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Research Excellence Programme Award, is hosting this talk. He will discuss his work to clarify the scale and drivers of the data and evidence gaps related with higher risk of Covid-19 mortality and infection for ethnic minorities.

About the event

Vasileios will present the research synthesis conducted by the Cabinet Office Race Disparity unit, to report on the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 experienced by ethnic minority groups.

The presentation will follow the hypothesis that the excess risk of dying from Covid-19 for ethnic minorities is driven by socioeconomic factors. The evidence gathered shows that geography, socioeconomic factors and pre-existing health conditions explain a large part of the disparities. However, there is some residual excess risk of dying from Covid-19 after accounting for all the above factors for some ethnic minorities compared to the white population. This needs further investigation as it may be due to aspects of data quality or factors not included in the model.

There will also be time to ask Vasileios questions in the last 15 minutes of the talk.

When: Thursday 16 June 2022

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Where: Online

Cost: Free event

Registration: via Eventbrite

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