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The NIH Division of Biologics Standards (DBS) licensed the rubella vaccine for use in June 1969. Explore this selection of items from the NLM Digital Collections to discover how scientists working at the DBS set policy, conducted research, and enforced standards to ensure the safety of vaccines.

A pregnant white woman is weighed by a white female nurse

Infections and Birth Defects: A Research Approach, National Institutes of Health, 1966

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This film profiled a National Institutes of Health study of infectious diseases that can cause abnormal pregnancy outcomes in women. Fifty thousand pregnant women and their infants participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Research Project, a joint effort of several institutes at NIH. The film records how NIH staff collect, store, and analyze blood for research purposes.