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Pregnant, Lactating Women, Infants In DRC To Be Offered Ebola Vaccine In Policy Reversal

STAT: Ebola vaccine will be provided to women who are pregnant, marking reversal in policy
“Women who are pregnant and lactating, as well as children under the age of one, will be offered access to an experimental Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials said Wednesday, marking the reversal of a controversial policy that had drawn fire from public health experts. The decision was made by a committee advising the Congolese Ministry of Health, but received the support of the World Health Organization. It followed an outcry over the exclusion of pregnant women from the vaccination program, with some experts calling the initial policy ‘indefensible’…” (Branswell, 2/20).

Additional coverage of the policy change and the DRC Ebola outbreak is available from CIDRAP News, The Telegraph, and Xinhua News.