Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/V&B/04.04

Ethical consideration arising in vaccine trials conducted in paediatric populations with high disease burden in developing countries

While many existing documents provide guidance on ethical issues in biomedical research and some specifically address vaccine research, few were drafted with a focus on the particular ethical issues posed by vaccine trails among children in developing countries. The document outlines some of the relevant considerations that might assist those involved in such trials, e.g. governments, communities, ethical committees, sponsors, funding agencies and investigators.

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