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Pregnant women who get a Covid vaccine pass on virus-fighting antibodies to their babies while in the womb, study claims

 Pregnant women who have a Covid vaccine pass on their protection to their unborn babies, a study has suggested.

Researchers from New York University took blood samples from 36 babies delivered by mothers given either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Results showed they all had coronavirus-fighting antibodies. Mothers in the second half of their pregnancy had the highest antibody levels in the blood in their umbilical cord, the study found.

Experts said the results weren't surprising because it happens with other jabs.

But they insisted that findings prove vaccines have the 'power to protect two lives at once by preventing severe illness in both mothers and babies'.

Dr Ashley Roman, an obstetrician at NYU and one of the lead authors said: 'If babies could be born with antibodies, it may protect them in the first months of their lives, when they are most vulnerable.'

Children face a tiny risk of falling seriously ill with Covid, a plethora of studies have shown since the pandemic began. But the risk is slightly higher among babies, who have weaker immune systems.  

But data from Public Health England (PHE) shows pregnant women in Britain are still hesitant to receive a jab, with just 10 per cent coming forward for an appointment by the end of July — the most recent date data is available for.

This is despite women having been eligible for the vaccine at the same time as the rest of their age group since April. 

Pregnant women who have had a Covid vaccine pass on high levels of antibodies to their children, a study by New York University has suggested

Pregnant women who have had a Covid vaccine pass on high levels of antibodies to their children, a study by New York University has suggested

The numbers are slightly higher in the US, where 23 per cent of pregnant mothers are vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).  

All studies so far have suggested mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, are safe for pregnant women, with no proof behind claims they cause stillbirths or defects.

The latest NYU research was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology — Maternal Fetal Medicine.  

Despite the low sample size 'it is encouraging neonatal antibody levels are high if women are vaccinated', according to lead author Dr Jennifer Lighter.

She said: 'High levels of transplacental antibody transfer aren't surprising. It is consistent with what we see with other immunisations.

'Our findings add to a growing list of important reasons why women should be advised to receive the Covid vaccine during pregnancy for the added benefit of their newborn receiving crucial protection.' 

It comes amid a concerted push by health chiefs to encourage pregnant women to come forward for a jab.

Severe illness due to Covid is uncommon in pregnant women, but is more likely in the third trimester.

Pregnant women who do fall ill with the virus are two to three times more likely to give birth to their baby prematurely, some studies have shown.

Women in the UK are advised to get the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines because these vaccines have been given to over 130,000 pregnant women in the US and the data have not raised any safety concerns.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: 'It is encouraging thousands of pregnant women have received a Covid vaccine.

'We strongly urge anyone who has not yet taken up the offer to get both doses as soon as possible and for pregnant women to come forward for their second dose eight weeks after their first dose.'

Dr Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: 'We are encouraged to see more than 50,000 pregnant women in England have received one dose of a Covid vaccine.

'We recommend vaccination in pregnancy as it's the most effective way of protecting women and their babies from severe illness and premature birth.

'We are concerned that increasing rates of Covid infection will adversely impact pregnant women.'

1 comment:

  1. They will live to regret their decision when their daughters grow up infertile. The spike protein salad injected as a "vaccine" will virally destroy their ova(eggs) in their tiny uterus. These do not replicate, you get them as the fetus develops. That's it. This is well known, but why are pregant women so montrously encouraged..? Go figure...