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The essential role of DSMBs in ensuring the ethics of global vaccine trials to address COVID-19


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Eckstein, L ORCID: 0000-0002-7161-7521, Rid, A, Kamuya, D and Shah, SK 2021 , 'The essential role of DSMBs in ensuring the ethics of global vaccine trials to address COVID-19' , Clinical Infectious Diseases , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab239.

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COVID-19 vaccines are being developed and implemented with unprecedented speed. Accordingly, trials considered ethical at their inception may quickly become concerning. We provide recommendations for Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs) on monitoring the ethical acceptability of COVID-19 vaccine trials, focusing on placebo-controlled trials in low- and middle-income countries.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Eckstein, L and Rid, A and Kamuya, D and Shah, SK
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 vaccines, clinical trials data monitoring committees, standard of care, ethics, research
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Infectious Diseases
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1537-6591
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/cid/ciab239
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© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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