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How anti-vax concerns are taking hold among Black and Asian women


Several studies have found vaccine uptake in black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities is much lower, despite mortality risk from Covid-19 being higher. A new study led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust seeks to understand why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are so badly affected by the COVID-19 virus and address the lower uptake of the vaccine by people in these groups. The study follows previous findings from Queen Mary's Mile End Institute which found that only 39 per cent of ethnic minority Londoners were likely to take the vaccine. Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics and Global Health Expert at Queen Mary University of London, said: “Vaccine hesitancy can be influenced by a whole range of factors. Where someone gets their news sources, trust in government or authority, discrimination in society and the health sector, and historical legacies of medical science.”

This was covered in Independent, MSN  



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