Covid-19. US officials recommend vaccine for pregnant women

The pregnant women can safely receive a vaccine against the Covid-19, announced Wednesday the American health authorities, faced with a worrying level of hospitalizations of future mothers.

Vaccines are safe and effective, and scaling up vaccinations has never been more urgent, as we face the highly contagious Delta variant and severe consequences of Covid-19 in pregnant people, warned Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s main federal public health agency.

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A strong position on vaccination

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of experiencing serious complications from Covid-19, including miscarriages and birth deaths. But fewer than one in four pregnant women have received at least a first injection of the Covid vaccine, according to the CDC.

This strong position on the benefits of vaccines for pregnant women contrasts with months of use of more ambiguous language from the CDC on the subject, the WHO for its part having fluctuated on the delicate question of the benefit-risk ratio for this. category of the population.

US health authorities came to their conclusion based on a study of nearly 2,500 pregnant women.

They therefore recommend that all people aged 12 and over be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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