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Zika Vaccine Research: Guidance for Including Pregnant Women

June 30, 2017

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New guidance for including pregnant woman and their babies in Zika vaccine research has been published today. It has been issued by a group of international experts in vaccinology, maternal and child health, public health and ethics.

Zika infection in pregnancy can have devastating effects on normal fetal development. But pregnant women are often automatically excluded from vaccine trials over safety concerns.

The guidelines argue that those most at risk from the virus – pregnant women and their babies – should be at the centre of Zika vaccine development.

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