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Report; Women in low-income countries are denied access to COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines apathy, uptake and supply in Kenya

Care International, a humanitarian aid organization has revealed that women in low-income countries are denied access to COVID-19 vaccines.

CARE’s head of health advocacy, Christina Wegs, says the findings were a reversal of what’s happening in high-income countries.

According to the agency’s new research shows that only one woman for every three men is being vaccinated against coronavirus in some countries that included South Sudan, Malawi, India and Iraq.

“In high-income countries, we’ve generally seen slightly more women getting vaccinated, and more vaccine hesitancy among men.In many low- and middle-income countries, this picture is reversed. In places where health resources are scarce, too often men’s wellbeing is seen as more important than women’s,”Christina Wegs said.

In South Sudan only 26 percent of people getting the vaccine are women, and as a result women make up 70 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19.

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The survey indicated 37 percent of people getting the vaccine are women in India.

“While wealthy countries are reaching 70% or 80% vaccination, opening up and getting back to normal, less than 2% of people in low-income countries are vaccinated. This research shows there’s a gendered dimension to this injustice too.”

Ms Wegs noted low vaccination levels amongst women were particularly concerning given women make up 70 percent of the world’s health workers.

“Being safe from COVID-19 shouldn’t depend on whether you’re rich or poor, and it certainly shouldn’t depend on your gender.”

The study also established that women were also less likely than men to trust the vaccine, often out of fears about fertility.

Meanwhile, the number of fully vaccinated adults in Kenya has reached over 1 million while more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccines fully vaccinated across the country.

The ministry of health has reported a vaccination rate of 3.9 percent while the positivity rate is now standing at 2.6 percent from a sample size of 3,702 after 96 new infections confirmed as of Monday.

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