mRNA Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women, EMA concludes

mRNA Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women, EMA concludes
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Two of the most commonly used Covid 19 vaccines do not cause pregnancy complications for mothers or babies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Covid 19 task force reports.

The task force reviewed several studies of more than 65,000 pregnancies at different stages. The findings showed that mRNA Covid vaccines did increase the risk of pregnancy complications, miscarriages, preterm births, or adverse effects in unborn babies. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

“The review of real-world evidence suggests that the benefits of receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy outweigh any possible risks for expectant mothers and unborn babies,” said a statement from the task force.

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The review of studies also showed that the protection that vaccines give from hospitalisation or severe illness is near identical, whether a woman is pregnant or not.

“Given that so far, pregnancy has been associated with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 (particularly in the second and third trimesters), people who are pregnant or might become pregnant in the near future are encouraged to get vaccinated in line with national recommendations,” the task force stated.

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