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[Correspondence] Neonatal vitamin A: time to move on?

The three large randomised trials1–3 of vitamin A supplementation designed to improve neonatal vitamin A status do not demonstrate anticipated reductions in infant mortality, despite the large body of evidence showing that vitamin A deficiency is extremely common in women of childbearing age and their infants in many countries where under nutrition remains a major problem. Thus, resolution of the current debate as to whether vitamin A supplements can reduce infant mortality and morbidity in these populations is urgently needed.