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September 27, 2021 29 min
This week's guests are: Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., is the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and head of the Prenatal Genomics and Therapy Section for the Medical Genetics Branch at NHGRI. Dr. Bianchi talked about why is it important for pregnant women to get a COVID-19 vaccine and why could COVID-19 be more dangerous for pregnant women than for people who are not pregnant. She discussed the testing that was done to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and if the vaccine has any effect on the fertility of men and women. o Dr. Chris Jones, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and Dr. Loretta Jackson Brown, a lead communication specialist from the Division of Overdose Prevention which is within the Injury Center. They talked about how substance abuse disorders are impacting Americans, especially since the beginning of the pandemic. Jones and Jackson Brown discussed how the CDC is addressing the evolving opioid epidemic and how the Rx Awareness campaign is helping address overdoses and OUD.
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