There are biological differences between the sexes. So why don’t we have any sex-based data on the COVID-19 vaccines?
It seems obvious: there are biological differences between the sexes. Yet in medical trials, male and female bodies are often treated the same, with data from males extrapolated to females — often leading to devastating consequences.
A serious problem with the result of clinical trials and clinical research is not discussed often enough and doesn’t appear to have been recognised by the general population/mass media: The under-representation of women and persons deemed vulnerable in clinical trials/clinical research is a major concern and could have fatal consequences.
This lack of data has led to mixed messaging around side effects, safety and efficacy of the vaccine, potentially fuelling vaccine hesitancy.
What’s the difference?
Generally, men have worse symptoms and a higher risk of death from COVID-19. Women are more likely to suffer from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and are more likely to experience adverse side effects after getting the vaccine.