Inclusion of pregnant women in live vaccine trials is an ethical imperative

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n the last month, an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has spread throughout the country’s troubled North Kivu province. The DRC has been able to contain Ebola outbreaks in the past, quelling one in the west of the country in July that killed 33 people

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The exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from an effort to vaccinate people exposed to the Ebola virus in the current outbreak is wrong, indefensible, and should be reversed, three Johns Hopkins public health experts wrote Monday in an opinion article published in STAT.

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“There’s an extremely low level of knowledge and awareness about Ebola in the area,” Peter Salama says. “Early on, the health care workers took no precautions whatsoever, and unfortunately, we’re expecting more confirmed cases from that group.”

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“WHO is calling for free and secure access by all responders to the affected populations,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

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Health workers must figure out how to dispense vaccines amidst fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo’s latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Jean Cedric waved a hand in the air, showing his fear about the risks of his job

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News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need to do so now

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