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WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, pregnant women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally started receiving a life-saving Ebola vaccine, but the months-long delay has put hundreds of women at risk.

“Pregnant and lactating women in the DRC finally have access to … one of the best prevention tools we have against this deadly virus,” said Carleigh Krubiner, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. “Hopefully this will set a new precedent for ongoing and future Ebola vaccination efforts, avoiding costly delays in protocol approvals while women face the very real threats of Ebola infection.”

“While we don’t yet know as much as we’d like to about this vaccine in pregnancy, there is a lot that we do know,” Krubiner said. “We know that Ebola is extremely deadly … We know that in this epidemic, many more women than men have been infected … And we also know that the vaccine is extremely efficacious.”

“Communication will be key to explain the change in policy and to offer the best information we have about the benefits and risks of vaccinating in pregnancy,” Krubiner said.

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