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India's gender inequity in vaccinations narrows

India's gender inequity in vaccinations narrows

8/4/2021 9:55:00 AM

India's gender inequity in vaccinations narrows

The gender disparity in India's COVID-19 immunisation drive has narrowed, government data showed on Wednesday, as pregnant women are now allowed to get their shots and authorities try to dispel rumours about fertility.

. It has also sent teams of grassroots health workers to towns and villages to dispel fears that vaccines affect fertility.A communication strategy is in place which is being implemented across "sustain vaccine confidence", the health ministry told parliament on Tuesday, highlighting the efforts to reach out to more women.

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India has administered the most number of coronavirus vaccine doses in the world after China, according to the government's Co-Winwebsite, but lags many countries in terms of per capita inoculations. The country wants to immunize all its adult population of 944 million by December and has given at least one dose to nearly 40% of them.

It has reported about 31.8 million coronavirus infections, the most of any country except the United States, with more than 425,000 deaths.Reporting by Krishna N. DasOur Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. headtopics.com

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