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Maternal participation in vaccine trials

World Immunisation Week 2023 text

World Immunisation Week activities will culminate with a hybrid seminar on ‘Maternal participation in vaccine trials’, chaired by Dr Luisa Enria from LSHTM.

​​Pregnant and breastfeeding women are often automatically excluded from global vaccine research, development, and deployment during epidemics, despite being at elevated risk.  

​Through case studies from the Ebola vaccine trials in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, Dr Lys Alcayna- Stevens (KU Leuven & Harvard) and Sandrena Fischer (Ethox Centre, Oxford) will discuss contested decisions about whether to include or exclude pregnant women from potentially life-saving prophylaxis during vaccine trials, and examine the impacts on women’s lives of vaccine trials and of the deployment of emergency-use vaccines during health emergencies.​ 


Dr Lys Alcayna- Stevens, KU Leuven & Harvard 

Sandrena Fischer, Ethox Centre, Oxford  


Free and open to all, online and in person. No registration required. A recording of this session will be available after the event on this page.


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