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….one key group is denied access: Since the vaccine has not been tested for use during pregnancy, it is not being offered to pregnant women.

“The cost of doing this research versus the cost of essentially denying women access to something that could be highly beneficial, there’s really no comparison.”

— Carleigh Krubiner, policy fellow, Center for Global Development, adjunct faculty, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and report co-author

Carleigh Krubiner, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and one of the lead authors of a recent report on maternal immunization, noted that pregnant and breastfeeding women are often at greater risk of exposure to the virus, because of caregiving responsibilities and proximity with children. “There’s significant fear that’s been documented among women [in DRC] who are unable to receive the vaccine and know they’re at disproportionate risk of exposure just given some of the social roles,” she told Devex.

This has left women and the babies they carry unprotected from a virus that kills around half of everyone who contracts it. It has also reduced the overall population-level immunity, leaving gaps in ring vaccination efforts that target those most likely to become infected. …

…continue reading ‘Why can’t pregnant women be vaccinated during epidemics?’

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