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Men are slower to get COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa: lessons from HIV research

By Andrew Gibbs, Senior specialist scientist: Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, South African Medical Research Council
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Men over the age of 35 in South Africa are not taking up the COVID-19 vaccination at the same rate as women. Only 40% of those who had been vaccinated by 13 August 2021 were men, according to a Health Department report.

This is an unusual pattern. In countries where vaccine uptake…

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